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I am an attorney looking to help law students get things right. During graduate school, I was an associate academic advisor for the football program at an ACC school. I worked closely with football players to develop their skills in oral and written communication. After graduate school, I taught college at Marist College and Centre College. At Centre, I chaired the Speech and Rhetorical Studies program. In speech and rhetorical studies, I worked closely with students to develop their skills in speaking and writing.
I switched gears in life and went to law school. I have practiced law for over ten years. I practiced law in a big firm and in big firm practice as you become more senior, your job becomes that of "editor" for legal briefs. In my past few years at the firm I worked actively with junior associates to develop their skills as writers.
I have no specific tutoring philosophy--what I do depends on the student and his or her needs. One of my old professors once said, "The secret to clear writing is clear thinking." That professor was correct. Often what seems to be a writing problem is a thinking problem. New law students--and new lawyers--frequently are unwilling to stake out strong positions. The point I like to make, and this may not provide comfort, but one side always loses in court. The wining side usually stakes out a clear position. In a trial court setting, the wining side also does something else, they teach the trial court judge that they have the skills to defend the trial judge's decision on appeal. Your brief for the trial judge is in many ways a sample of the brief you will write to the appellate court when the other side appeals its loss. I am an attorney looking to help law students get things right. During graduate school, I was an associate academic advisor for the football program at an ACC school. I worked closely with football players to develop their skills in oral
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I was a college professor, I tutored athletes while in law school, and I currently practice in Chicago.