Young Conaway’s own John Paschetto, a partner in our Business Planning Group, received a bit of well-deserved attention in the blogosphere today. John’s excellent article about best practices in proofreading was published in The Practical Lawyer. The article, titled Beyond Redlines And Spell-Check: Proofreading Tips From The Dark Ages can be accessed via the firm’s website here.
The Legal Writing Profs Blog was the first to post on the quality of the article:
Don’t you just hate it when you have e-mailed, filed, or otherwise dispatched some piece of writing, only to spot a glaring error that you overlooked? Or if your job description includes reviewing the work of others (ahem, legal writing profs, I am talking to you), don’t you sometimes wonder how those writers could have missed seeing obvious errors?
Either way, you will enjoy reading an article by Delaware attorney John J. Paschetto, published in the February 2008 issue of The Practical Lawyer magazine, Beyond Redlines and Spell-Check: Proofreading Tips from the Dark Ages. Paschetto explains the difference between editing and proofreading, and he identifies many of the common forms of errors that writers tend not to see when reviewing their own work. He explains the advantages of proofing in stages, and he offers several low-tech strategies for catching and correcting such errors, including a checklist that illustrates his suggested method at work.
The (new) legal witer jumped in with a compliment, too.
In it, he explains the difference between editing and proofreading, advocates proofreading in stages, and offers valuable tips to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your proofreading.
Of course, those of us who have been lucky enough to have their work edited by John, would attest that words like “great” and “excellent” fall far short. John has turned many first-year associates into real, live legal writers! And speaking as one of them, I think “miraculous” is probably the better adjective.
Congratulations to our Writing Guru In Residence!