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Kiko Korn

Legal Writing Works

Kiko Korn is the founder of Legal Writing Works, a consulting firm that provides in-house writing workshops and one-on-one coaching for lawyers, law students, and other professionals across the country.  Each year, Kiko helps hundreds of associates and partners improve their written communication—from complex appellate briefs to emails with clients.  She also works with patent agents, PD and HR professionals, and anyone else who wants to communicate more effectively in writing. 

Before founding LWW, Kiko was an adjunct professor of Legal Writing and Advocacy at the USC Gould School of Law.  As a practicing attorney, she served as a senior deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and as a deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office (Criminal Division).  Kiko also worked for an international law firm and clerked for the Honorable John Webb of the North Carolina Supreme Court.  She wrote about her clerkship in “The Last Opinion,” which was published in 2009 in Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers.

Kiko has always been a teacher at heart.  Before going to law school, she taught English and Drama at a private school in Palo Alto.  While clerking, she taught Business Writing and Capital Punishment at a community college.  And while working at the City Attorney’s Office, she taught Introduction to Law and Advanced Writing and Analysis at a local law school, and delivered over a dozen different training sessions to other deputies.

Kiko has degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a published staff member and editor of the North Carolina Law Review.

Former Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith called Kiko’s writing “exemplary in its clarity.”  He wrote the compliment in 1977 after reading her “Great Banana Snack” recipe, which was published in her grammar-school cookbook.  Decades later, her writing is still better than her cooking.  You can read several of her writing concoctions in her LitigationWorld column.

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