Educator, Consultant, Attorney
Noah Messing is Yale Law School’s Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing. He joined Yale Law School’s full-time 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.
Before joining Yale’s faculty, Noah worked as a trial and appellate litigator at two top litigation boutiques in Washington D.C. He also served Senator Hillary Clinton, acting as Counsel in her Senate office and Associate Counsel to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Noah’s move to the capital followed his graduation from Yale Law School, where he served as a Coker Fellow and as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. He also won the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals competition, landing both the Benjamin Cardozo Prize for the year’s best brief and the Potter Stewart Prize for the best team.
For the past seven years, Noah has offered training sessions and individualized feedback for lawyers, summer associates, and judges across the country and as far away as Australia and India.
Noah Messing co-directs Yale Law School’s legal writing program. His courses have focused on advanced legal writing, the basics of legal writing, appellate advocacy, trial advocacy, and drafting contracts, and he has also advised the students in Yale’s Supreme Court Advocacy clinic about their legal writing. During most of the years that he has taught at Yale (since 2009), he has been a finalist for the school’s highest teaching prize. He is the Chair of the selection committee for one of the flagship legal-writing prizes of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, and he has presented at multiple conferences and law schools about legal writing—including at the premiere legal writing conference, the biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute.
Noah wrote the bestselling book The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America’s Best Lawyers, which has received the strongest reviews on Amazon of any book about legal writing.
Before joining Yale’s faculty, Noah worked as a trial and appellate litigator in Washington D.C. at two top litigation boutiques, where he learned the art of advocacy directly from two superlawyers, David Boies and Roy T. Englert Jr. During the 2008 presidential election cycle, Noah served as Counsel to Senator Hillary Clinton and as Associate Counsel to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign—before returning to Yale Law School in January 2009.
Noah’s passion for legal writing goes back to law school, where he served as a Coker Fellow—one of the teaching fellows who introduce first-year law students to legal writing. He learned to write the way that he now teaches attorneys and students to write: practicing and studying good models. Thus, he competed in moot court at Yale three times, struggling the first time, reaching the semi-finals during his second try, and dominating the competition during his third attempt: For his work in the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals program, he received both the Benjamin Cardozo Prize for the year’s best brief and the Potter Stewart Prize for winning the Spring semester moot court competition. During law school, he was also an editor of The Yale Law Journal and a class representative.
Since 2007, Noah has worked with one of Vault Law’s top-3 law firms to provide both seminars and one-on-one training sessions to scores of the firm’s attorneys. Noah has regularly accepted private requests to consult about legal writing—such as training barristers in Melbourne, Australia; fielding calls from U.S. governmental agencies and businesses that wanted to streamline their legal department’s memorandum-writing practices; and improving the prose of a litigant’s brief in a multibillion dollar case in Mumbai—the launch of LEGALWRITING.com marks Noah’s first public offering of legal-writing services.