A few weeks ago, Legal Writing Pro Ross Guberman (@legalwritingpro) shared a LinkedIn article posted back in April 2017 about an attempt to give writing advice that turned sour. It’s a tale that can provide some important lessons about giving effective feedback in the legal writing context. Here’s the story: A recent college graduate applied for a job with a South Florida law firm and submitted writing samples along with her application. The firm’s owner found the writing samples to be—in his words—“riddled with problems.” But rather than simply toss the application on the reject pile, the attorney pulled out his virtual red pen and offered—as he saw it—some “constructive feedback.”
Joe Fore, Want to Give Better Writing Feedback? Watch Your Tone., THE #PRACTICETUESDAY BLOG (2017).