About Practical Law
Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters business, is a leading online provider of legal know-how. We help business lawyers practice more efficiently and deliver greater value to clients. We deliver our content to companies, law firms and law schools. Our subscribers include most major international law firms and corporations, including approximately 85% of the Am Law 200, hundreds of small and mid-size firms and over 1,300 legal departments worldwide.
For more information about Practical Law see our website at www.practicallaw.com.
Description & Responsibilities:
Practical Law is looking for a Commercial Legal Editor to work on state resources focusing on content for the Commercial Service.
The Editor will:
- Independently develop, write and edit New York law-specific know-how and current awareness content for practicing attorney-subscribers to be published online for the Commercial Service, with an emphasis on general contract and boilerplate principles, UCC – Article 2 and supply chain matters, services agreements, consumer regulatory issues and international trade.
- Independently develop, write, edit and peer review the above-described content related to states other than New York, as necessary.
- Collaborate with other Practical Law editors on content planning and priorities to meet the practice needs of New York-based and other state-based commercial attorneys.
- Produce a wide range of commercial resources, including practice guidance notes, standard documents, checklists and other state-specific legal content in Practical Law writing style.
- Establish and maintain relationships with external law firm and in-house lawyers to find content contributors and to ensure that the commercial content is topical and meets their needs.
- Write and edit content for Practical Law’s companion magazine, Practical Law The Journal.
- Stay informed of current developments and issues in New York, as well as for other states as necessary, business organizations and commercial laws and market practice to ensure timely updates of existing content and development of new content.
- Organize and conduct webinars on commercial law topics.
- Assist with state content sales demonstrations and marketing initiatives.
Candidates selected for a second interview will be required to submit a writing sample.
- Candidates should have at least the following skills and experience:
- At least six (6) years’ experience working as an attorney in a law firm in New York and/or as in-house counsel with in-depth work experience in commercial matters governed by New York law.
- Significant and broad experience in a variety of commercial transactional matters, optimally including:
- General contract principles and boilerplate (standard provisions in all transactional matters); and
- Purchase, sale and supply of goods (UCC - Article 2), including e-commerce transactions.
- Manufacturing, distribution, logistics, warehousing and reseller transactions.
- Sales representative and professional services arrangements.
- Strategic alliance agreements.
- Consumer regulatory issues (product safety and labeling).
- International trade (including import/export regulations).
- An excellent understanding of New York business organizations and commercial laws (including UCC - Article 2 and consumer regulations), and market practice.
- A good understanding of the needs and priorities of New York law firm and in-house counsel and the New York legal market relating to commercial practice.
- Actively licensed in New York.
- Enthusiasm and ambition, with a desire to improve the efficiency of legal services.
- A passion for writing and strong editing skills, including:
- very close attention to detail;
- excellent command of grammar, punctuation and plain English;
- strong technical drafting skills; and
- the ability to write about complex legal issues clearly and simply.
- Self-motivated with excellent management and organizational skills to effectively track productivity and ensure product development milestones are met.
- Ability to constantly collaborate with and support team members.
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