David J.S. Ziff, Return on Investment: Editing for Professional Development, Wash. St. B. News, Oct. 2020, at 21-22.
Return on Investment: Editing for Professional Development
If you’re a senior attorney, you likely spend some of your time reading and revising drafts written by junior attorneys. Those revisions have a clear and immediate purpose: The document must satisfy your high standards before it leaves the office. After all, it’s your name at the bottom, your client’s interests at stake, and your reputation on the line. But your revisions should have another, more long-term purpose. As a senior attorney, you’re invested in the professional development of your organization’s less-experienced lawyers. In addition to creating a better draft, your revisions should also create a better junior attorney—a better writer, a better thinker, a better lawyer.