"Professor Raymond is funny
and knows his stuff. His love of good writing is contagious.
. . He manages to convey tidbits from his knowledge of the
classics without being at all snooty. The presentation is
fast-paced, witty, and full of specific helpful advice. His
course is unlike any other legal writing training I have
"Prof. Raymond was great . . . He had a great manner - a way
of conveying very useful information with just the right
amount of humor and just the right amount of memorable war
stories. . . ."
"Prof. Raymond treated audience like colleagues, which was
nice and added to comfort level. No shame in needing to
concentrate on writing skills--even the most experienced
people need to do so. That was the sentiment conveyed, and
it was helpful. "
"[Prof. Raymond] was a very good lecturer with impressive
grasp of the challenges lawyers face in trying to write
clearly and persuasively. He also incorporated many of the
audience's comments effortlessly into his presentation. "
"I enjoyed Professor Raymond's wit and
style. I particularly enjoyed the advanced persuasion lecture."
"I've attended several seminars on judgment writing by Prof.
Raymond. They were the best seminars on any topic of the
many I have attended. I was persuaded not only that
judgments could be well written, but should be. The courses
clearly established the benefits of good writing. And they
taught us how to make a start."
- "Excellent presentation - clear, practical, focused"
- "Another terrific presentation"
- "A '10'"
- "A 10 plus"
- "well delivered"
- "Excellent session and wonderful speaker"
- "Trial counsel are rarely given advice on written advocacy, but it forms more and more of our work
- "It will be of great assistance in daily advocacy"
- "Extremely useful"
- "Excellent choice for a topic"
"James Raymond's opening and closing sessions anchor our
four day courses, and are critical to their success. He excels also with small groups.
He prepares meticulously, speaks easily but with authority, and his ideas
are always fresh and stimulating.
"He is a delightful and constructive man."