Julie Schrager
Julie Schrager

Julie has worked as Schiff Hardin’s in-house legal writing coach for almost twelve years. In that role, she works one-on-one with the firm’s summer associates, associates, and partners to improve their legal writing skills. She also hosts workshops addressing common legal writing challenges, including writing persuasively, writing for business development, and revising and editing your own work. Julie also participates in Schiff’s recruiting efforts by hosting writing workshops for 1Ls at law schools around the country and through diversity programs.

Julie graduated from Harvard College in 1986 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1989. After graduation, she worked as an associate in the litigation and legislation practice areas at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston. Julie taught legal writing full-time at Chicago-Kent College of Law for several years and continues to teach there periodically.

Columns by Julie Schrager
The Importance of Incorporating “Soft Skills” Into Your Legal Writing

Illinois Law dean Vikram David Amar and Schiff Hardin writing coach Julie S. Schrager explain the importance of incorporating “soft skills”—rooted in emotional intelligence and viewing your writing from your reader’s perspective—into legal writing. Amar and Schrager offer four key tips to help legal writers, whether first-year law students or seasoned attorneys, become more effective communicators.