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Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Desert Fox » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:26 pm

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Jay2716 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:10 pm

Why would I pay someone else to do what I can bill for myself?

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Jay2716 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:12 pm

Also, lol at trusting someone else to make sure my motion to compel has consistent spacing after periods.

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby TLSModBot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:15 pm

Hey DF why don't you lead the way with some proofreading over your posting

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby SmokeytheBear » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:34 pm

Capitol_Idea wrote:Hey DF why don't you lead the way with some proofreading over your posting


that split infinitive made my teeth hurt.

My firm has legal assistants do book reads on any and everything.

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Lincoln » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:42 pm

My firm has a proofreading department, which is kind of the same thing.

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby sublime » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:58 pm

Lincoln wrote:My firm has a proofreading department, which is kind of the same thing.


Same. Although people don't seem to really use them which I don't get.

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby foregetaboutdre » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:12 pm

Admin staff at my firm will proofread, but I think maybe justly or unjustly many of the attorneys don't "trust" their edits (even though its redlined etc..) and will continue to proof and bill (which is an incentive to keep proofing) to turn in something perfect.

Some of this I think is also because of some silly things like the files getting mixed up and shit in between edits etc... (even though everything is on a cloud service).
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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby malibustacy » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:27 pm

Other than client confidentiality and conflict of interest concerns?

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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Desert Fox » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:34 pm

Lincoln wrote:My firm has a proofreading department, which is kind of the same thing.


Mine doesn’t, which is nuts.
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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Desert Fox » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:35 pm

malibustacy wrote:Other than client confidentiality and conflict of interest concerns?


You can get around those issues.
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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby Desert Fox » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:39 pm

SmokeytheBear wrote:
Capitol_Idea wrote:Hey DF why don't you lead the way with some proofreading over your posting


that split infinitive made my teeth hurt.

My firm has legal assistants do book reads on any and everything.


I don’t get the dislike of split infinitives.
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Re: Why are lawyers the only professional writers arrogant enough to not use copy editors?

Postby lolwat » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:11 pm

I always like having a second (or third) pair of eyes to make sure there aren't typos or grammatical errors, and that everything makes sense. But I wouldn't hire people to specifically do that. I get good results just sending it to another associate to review and edit... and they can bill for that, too. Win-win for everyone, except maybe in terms of cost to the client (although I'm sure firms would find ways to shift the cost of a copy editor to the client, anyway).



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