Joe Fore

Giving Effective Feedback

Virginia Lawyer


It’s summer — a time when many law firms, government offices, and judicial chambers will be welcoming new hires, summer associates, clerks, and interns (even if virtually, in these socially distanced times). And a key part of having aspiring attorneys in your office is giving them meaningful feedback on their writing. They need and deserve effective feedback to help build foundational skills that will serve them the rest of their careers. And you benefit from giving good feedback, too, since it means you’ll be getting better work product from your guests for the rest of their stay. Here’s how you can help the next generation of lawyers become good, self-directed legal writers.


Joe Fore, Giving Effective Feedback, 69 Virginia Lawyer 62–63 (June, 2020).