The blog “Above the Law” has a recent post, http://abovethelaw.com/career-files/how-to-write-for-partners/, about how associates can be most successful in writing for partners.
The post is by Ross Guberman of Legal Writing Pro, a legal writing training and consulting business. Mr. Guberman says that to write the post, he “recently surveyed thousands of law-firm partners about the writing skills they want to see associates develop.” He then organized their responses to cover five categories that the partners most emphasized: 1) Concision, 2) Clarity, 3) Structure, 4) Using Authorities, and 5) Usage and Mechanics.
Check out the post for more details on what partners look for in these categories. The points made in the post are useful ones and should sound familiar to my CLR students!