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Training for Summer Associates

During the summer months, Marilyn conducts legal writing and editing programs for summer associates and for groups combining associates and summer associates.

“Thank you for the legal writing seminars you provided in connection with the firm's 2007 summer associate program. We have worked with a number of consultants over the years, and your seminar far exceeded my expectations. The feedback we received from our summer associates was extremely positive.

The summer associates reported that you delivered a practical, highly informative and fun seminar, which was a wonderful supplement to their law school legal writing programs. . . . .

Your management of the seminar details was also seamless. This past summer we had 160 summer associates in 14 different offices, and coordinating training is no small task.

We opted for videoconferencing, and I greatly appreciated your willingness to accommodate our needs. You seemed very comfortable using videoconference technology and with the idiosyncrasies that accompany it. . . . [T]he seminars were flawlessly executed. I was particularly impressed with your ability to engage the summer associates in the satellite offices , a detail other presenters typically overlook.”

Kara E. Nelson, Esq.
Director, Legal Recruiting and Development
Foley & Lardner LLP (Milwaukee)


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

The active learning environment encourages questions and discussion. Participants receive workshop handbooks and editing checklistsresources they can use after the workshop is over.

Top of PageWhat Summer Associate Participants Have Said

“The material was tailored to our specific needs.

Marilyn knows her material, her audience, her purpose, and her strengths. She answers our questions before we have to ask them and is unafraid to say the answer is not clear.

Great speaker and session.”

Jessica Kelly, Summer Associate (Raleigh, NC)
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (Atlanta)


“Very helpful. [Marilyn] made points clearly and effectively. Good examples to illustrate points.”

Fan Liang, Summer Associate (Northwestern University)
Foley & Lardner LLP (Milwaukee)


“Good presentereffective use of visual aids and text/explanation. Best explanation of 'that/which' that I have heard.”

Debra Lange, Summer Associate (Marquette University)
Foley & Lardner LLP (Washington, DC) (attended via videoconference)


“She kept my attention more than I expected.   Feared 4 hours of legal writing speech, but was glad I attended.”

Joseph Kreeger, Summer Associate (University of Illinois)
Foley & Lardner LLP (Chicago) (attended via videoconference)

“As a summer associate, the information was valuable in distinguishing between law school writing and law firm writing. I really enjoyed this workshop!”

Akita N. Adkins, Summer Associate (University of Pennsylvania)
Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP (Washington, DC)

“Great examples and slides. The exercises/activities were helpful to put the principles into a concrete context.”

Seamus Morley, Summer Associate (Fordham University)
Day Pitney LLP (Morristown, NJ)

“Efficient and worthwhile”

Charles Guzak, Summer Associate (Cornell University)
Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC (Syracuse, NY)


Top of PageSome of Marilyn's Summer Associate Training Clients

Balch & Bingham LLP (Birmingham, AL)

Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP (Kansas City, MO)

Brown Rudnick LLP (Boston)

Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP (New York)

Chadbourne & Parke LLP (New York)

Crowell & Moring LLP (Washington, DC, Irvine, CA)

Dechert LLP (New York)

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.  (Washington, DC)

Foley & Lardner LLP (Milwaukee, Washington, DC)

Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (Atlanta)

Linklaters (New York)

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (New York, Washington, DC)

Day Pitney LLP (Morristown, NJ)

Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Washington, DC)

Stoel Rives LLP (Portland, OR)

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP (San Francisco)

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