I graduated 15th out of 149 in my graduating class from the University of Arizona School of Law in 2000. While in law school I was an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review.
Upon graduation I began my legal career in the Phoenix office of Lewis and Roca, LLP, practicing commercial and bankruptcy litigation.
I have written persuasive correspondence and pleadings (complaints, motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgments, etc.) for the 12 years of my practice. My audiences have been as diverse as clients, opposing parties, other attorneys, and judges and hearing officers in Justice Court, Superior Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals.
My writing style focuses on methodological simplicity, always endeavoring to be clear and concise, which is what judges consistently say they value in legal writing...and in writing in general. My mantra, common among good writers, is IRAC: issue, rule, application, conclusion. IRAC is the backbone of sound writing. IRAC provides a simple framework that organizes writing, and is the foundation upon which writers build their written skills.
IRAC translates well to all kinds of writing. For example,it teaches a student to identify the issue he or she wants to write about, apply some facts to the issue, and write a conclusion.
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