Neurodiversity and Legal Professionals

There are so many reasons I created As an individual that has often run my own law firm, and started out as a solo, I always wanted that 2nd set of eyes to proofread and find the little errors that I was sure were there. Legal documents are long, dense, and full of very technical details. Technical details that are very easy to make small mistakes that have profound affects.

As I spent more time in my career, I learned that these small technical errors were made regardless of the law firm size (including some of the largest in the world). These technical details easily get lost, especially in large documents. And the larger the document, the more technical the document, and with that the more likely there are small errors. And I get it, you’ve paid a paralegal, associate, someone else to ensure it’s all correct, and no offense, but it often isn’t (aka the infamous “Scriverner’s error”…ever have a conversation with a person about contract interpretation and have them blame it on a Scrivener’s error?)

Because of this nearly maniacal focus on tiny details….defined terms, cross references and everything in between, individuals that don’t fit a certain mold are 1. seemingly disadvantaged, 2. regularly discouraged because of errors that they can’t seem to catch and left to creating all sorts of workflows to compensate, or 3. often feeling like they can’t contribute because their brains work a bit differently. We’ve all been in the support thread when a newly minted attorney complains about all the errors they are making and how their boss yelled at them.

One of the things DraftCheck is designed to help with is find those details that some brains struggle to focus on. DraftCheck is one of those tools that every person will wish they used (whether you are neurodivergent or not) before they pushed a document out the door.

So here’s a shout out to all those legal professionals that are neurodivergent. I’m not going to pretend that it will fix all issues, but it’s going to reduce that cognitive load and let you focus on the bigger ticket items. And it’s going to do it without questions, beratement, criticizing, or any other negative snarky remark.