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Training and coaching can be conducted remotely or in person.
Training conducted remotely or in person.
Marilyn Bush LeLeiko
Training | Coaching

Paralegal Programs

Your paralegals and legal assistants write many emails every day. They may also write reports, or court documents, or memos. They can improve their writing—and Marilyn can help.

Marilyn’s writing skills programs for paralegals and legal assistants are practical and interactive. Real-life examples, some taken directly from office work product, help participants learn practical solutions for common writing issues.

These training programs are not lectures. Participants review exercises throughout the program, both in small groups and individually. They learn how to revise and tighten the work of others so that they can do a better job on their own work.

Paralegal Writing ProgramsThe length and content of these programs can be customized, based on your needs.

Also available for your paralegals and legal assistants: Before Hitting Send: Tips for More Effective Email.

Another possibility: Include your paralegals and legal assistants in a writing skills program scheduled for your lawyers.

A typical paralegal writing skills program covers the following topics:

  • Planning Your Writing: Focusing on Reader and Purpose
  • Typical Grammatical and Usage Errors
  • Editing for Best Results
    • Editing for Coherence
    • Editing for Clarity
    • Editing for Conciseness
  • Choosing the Right Words
  • Effective Emails

Each participant receives Marilyn’s LawWriting handbook and an Editing/Email Checklist—resources to refer to after the program is over.

See where Marilyn has conducted paralegal and legal assistant programs.

Very good presentation. Speaker kept us engaged and covered large range of topics.

Kay Warren 
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder

The presentation offered a variety of lecture, group and individual exercises that made it very interesting. I found it especially useful that you used examples of writing from our firm.

Terri Patton
Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Wood 

Marilyn is knowledgeable and a good teacher. She gave a wonderful presentation. It was enjoyable and fun. Thank you! 

Gloria Asport, Decision Writer
Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Over 15 years ago I took one of Marilyn’s seminars. Her program was excellent. In a one day session with Marilyn, I learned writing techniques that I still remember vividly and use today. Subsequent to taking Marilyn’s seminar, I retained her to conduct a one day writing seminar for my firm’s paralegal staff. Again, I found her training techniques and the information she imparted to be outstanding.

Laurie Burk, Director of Paralegal Services
Patton Boggs 

My team and I . . . have frequently referenced your teachings in our meetings and interactions since the session; your practical tips stuck with us. I’ve seen immediate improvement in my team’s email and other communications. I would recommend your course to any in-house legal department or law firm. . . . You make the topic enjoyable with your engaging style and examples culled from our writing. 

Amanda Helm Wright, Senior Counsel–Litigation and Legal Process 
TD Ameritrade, Inc.  
The topics covered in your workshop were more relevant than any other that I have attended. . . . You effectively incorporated aspects of grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph construction into one interesting afternoon workshop. I will never look at an email the same way again. My favorite part was the “team competition” to revise that wordy sentence. Paralegals (along with lawyers) are nothing if not competitive. . . . You are a wonderful communicator and an excellent teacher. 

Julie H. Shaw, Paralegal
Jenner & Block LLP