Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology. He combines his experience as both practitioner and professor to create exciting new ways to teach legal writing and practice skills.
Joe is a law professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law UNLV, which has the #1 ranked legal writing program in the country.
Joe has trained judges, attorneys, and law students all over the world. He's worked with state and federal courts, state and federal agencies, law schools, and law firms ranging from 5 attorneys to 2,000.
Joe practiced at three AmLaw 100 firms, where he was the principal author of dozens of bet-the-company briefs and motions in both state and federal courts. Joe also clerked for the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
I’m a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, practice skills, and technology. I spent the better part of a decade studying what makes great writing great. After reading hundreds of books, articles, and the best writing from the world’s top advocates, I distilled what I learned into a few hundred discrete writing techniques that anyone can practice and master.
When I was little, probably eight or nine, I remember my parents asking me the question every kid gets asked: what do you want to do when you grow up?
Even then, I knew two things. I loved to read and I loved to write. I didn’t know how I would turn those into a job, but I planned to find a way.
In college, still reading and writing as much as ever, I decided to start an after-school program teaching kids how to write better. I added teaching to my life passions.
These three loves—reading, writing, and teaching—made my path to law professor and trainer an easy one. Here was a chance to do all the reading, writing, and teaching I could hope for. All I had to do was what I loved.
But loving something doesn’t make you good at it. It just helps you along the path. And I knew that following this dream would require exceptional skills—beyond anything I’d ever achieved so far. So I gave myself over to learning how to be a better lawyer. I spent years mired in research. After each day clerking or practicing law, my second full-time job would start.
I began by pouring through every legal writing and practice book out there. I then moved on to my own independent research. I found others who were at the top of their fields and convinced them to help me. I taught law school classes on the side each semester.
Slowly but surely, as I discovered more and more tools, something amazing happened: my writing got better and better. The cycle went like this: I’d find a new technique, I’d practice it or teach it to my students, and eventually, I’d notice it popping up in my writing. I soon realized that the process of finding discrete writing techniques and putting them into practice is the secret sauce to really improve your legal writing. And that shouldn’t be surprising—it’s exactly how experts in any field learn a skill, from musicians mastering the violin to mechanics understanding how to strip a car.
I started using this amazing new learning system to train my legal writing students. And it had a huge impact. This just fueled me to work harder. I did a few workshops for local attorneys, and word somehow got around. Suddenly courts, bars, and law firms were reaching out and asking me to come train them.
But as hard as I worked to teach my law students and small groups of lawyers and judges—it felt like a drop in the bucket. So many lawyers and law students across the nation are desperate for support and help with their skills. Some struggled to engage with their law school classes. Some have other challenges that make picking up skills tough. And still others are brilliant and talented—but could be so much more with the right help. The sort of help I spent years looking for myself.
And so was born Write.law—a platform meant to bring you all the best techniques for writing and practicing law. No more hours pouring through books. No more feeling confused as you try to figure out the “best” way to do things. I’ve spent years sifting through the deluge and pulling out the most effective and workable tools. Now all you have to do is learn.