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Paralegal and Legal Assistant Workshops

Marilyn conducts in-house workshops in writing skills for paralegals and legal assistants. These workshops focus on real-life examples to help improve writing skills.

Another possibility: You can include paralegals and legal assistants in a workshop scheduled for your lawyers.

“[T]hank you for the excellent writing workshop . . . . [T]he paralegals felt you provided them excellent practical advice on how to improve their writing skills. I personally thought you made what could be a rather dry topic very interesting and you held the attention of your audience well. . . . I would highly recommend you to other paralegal managers.”

Donna F. Prehm, Paralegal Manager
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Columbus, OH)

Client List - Paralegal/Legal Assistant Workshops

The workshops are practical and interactive. Participants review many exercises, individually and in small groups. They revise the work of others so that they can do a better job on their own work.

“When I received a request to attend a “legal writing workshop”, my initial reaction was “why should I go? Paralegals at Jenner & Block don't do any legal writing.”

The topics covered in your workshop were more relevant than any other that I have attended. Though most people in the room have probably not thought about adverbs or prepositional phrases in at least twenty years, you showed us how those small things affect our daily work. 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.

I have a ways to go in terms of concise and precise communication, but your workshop definitely got me thinking.

You are a wonderful communicator and an excellent teacher. Thank you again for coming to Jenner & Block.”

Julie H. Shaw, Paralegal
Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago)


The active learning environment encourages questions and discussion. Participants receive workshop handbooks and editing checklists to use after the workshop is over.

“Word of your wonderful presentation at our Legal Assistant Retreat has spread throughout our firm. . . . Although this group is a tough sell, they felt that you “took a boring subject and made it fun.” [T]he presentation was very user-friendly and geared towards their needs.”

Joanna W. Rini, Legal Assistant Manager
Thompson Hine LLP (Cleveland, OH)

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What Participants Have Said

“Probably the best and most practical class I’ve ever taken! Off the charts in terms of relevance and usability. Geared toward actual experiences of paralegals. Plus, instructor had a good sense of humor.”

Cindy Lou Fiorina, Paralegal (21 years paralegal experience)
Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP (Washington, DC)


“She made the class enjoyable, funny, and educational.”

Laura Cilani, Collection Paralegal
Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Wood, PLC (Tempe, AZ)


“Excellent presentation. Great information. This would be valuable to even the most seasoned professional.”

Rich Mehochko
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review


“Excellent, even for those who already think they know the material. Helpful refreshers.”

Ericka Mitterndorfer, Senior Paralegal
Heller Ehrman LLP (Seattle)


“She was very engaging and obviously knowledgeable. Very good supporting materials.”

Paul Stroka, Paralegal
Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP (Washington, DC)


Top of Page“Very informative and presented in a way that was easy to understand.”

Laura Cantwell, Paralegal
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe (New York)


“Concrete examples used effectively to illustrate common writing problems.”

Josh Nugent, Paralegal
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe (New York)


“Written materials are very useful. Thanks!”

Effie Barrett, Collection Paralegal
Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Wood, PLC (Tempe, AZ)

Most valuable: “tailoring . . . examples to the work we do. No matter how smart you think you are, you will learn something.”

Michael Williams
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review


“Very helpful review. Well presented.”

Gilda Fontana, Paralegal
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (Irvine, CA)

Top of PageSome of Marilyn's Paralegal/Legal Assistant Clients

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Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP

Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Wood, PLC
Tempe, AZ

Clifford Chance LLP
New York

Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP
Washington, DC

Heller Ehrman LLP
New York
Los Angeles
Washington, DC
San Francisco
Menlo Park
San Diego

Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP
Washington, DC

Intel Corporation, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Workshop for paralegals, e-discovery support specialists, and admins
Santa Clara, CA

Jenner & Block LLP

King & Spalding
New York

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(as of 2005, the International Paralegal Management Association)
Annual Conference program: Write It Right: Advanced Writing Skills
Washington, DC

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Washington, DC

Nixon Peabody LLP

Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals
Western Field Office (Irvine, CA)

Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review


Thompson Hine LLP
Retreat for legal assistants

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Columbus, OH


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