In the article, Chesler makes a case for professors to emphasize to students the role of lawyer as counselor - giving advice and representing a client without arguing for a particular position or cause - in addition to serving as an advocate in litigation.
Too often, Chesler argues, students believe a lawyer's duty is to "win" through litigation.
"Since clients do not want to spend time and money to litigate matters unnecessarily, a better client relationship (and thus an enhanced lawyer's reputation) is often based on the ability to avoid, not necessarily win, litigation," Chesler writes.
Read the article here. Chesler teaches Legal Method & Writing, Contract Drafting and Negotiating, and other upper-level lawyering skills courses. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and other professional organizations focusing on teaching and promoting the use of plain language in the practice of law. She regularly presents at national and regional conferences on different topics, such as using technology in the classroom, teaching drafting and negotiating skills, and other legal writing topics.