About Legal Writing

Noah Messing is Yale Law School’s Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing. He joined Yale Law School’s faculty in 2009 and has taught legal writing, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy to thousands of attorneys, judges, and students since then. He is the author of The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America’s Best Lawyers (Aspen 2013), which reviewers have called “unparalleled,” “masterful,” “sophisticated,” and the “most useful book on the topic ever written.” Judge John Walker, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, referred to the book as a “tour de force” that “added immensely to the literature of legal advocacy.” Noah appears regularly at major national legal-writing conferences.

Noah has a gift not only for litigating, but also for imparting his legal-writing knowledge to others in a clear, accessible, and engaging way. I strongly recommend The Art of Advocacy and cannot speak more highly of my experiences learning directly from him . . . and receiving one-on-one feedback from him on my writing.

Danielle B. Rosenthal

Robbins Russell