Jarrod F. Reich

Professor of Legal Writing & Lecturer in Law

J.D., 2004, Vanderbilt University Law School
B.A., 2001, Brandeis University

Jarrod Reich
Phone: (305) 284-9338
Office: D-339

Professor Reich joined the School of Law in Fall 2020, and he teaches Legal Communication and Research. Prior to joining UM Law, he served on the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Legal Practice and a Law Fellow Seminar, and where he served as a coach to the mock trial team and a facilitator for Georgetown’s innovative Lawyers in Balance program. He previously taught at Florida State University College of Law and as an adjunct at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he taught classes in legal writing, appellate advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and seminars for judicial and in-house externs. Additionally, while at Florida State, he won the Open Door Teaching Award for his mentorship and advising work.

Professor Reich focuses his scholarship and service on lawyer and law student well-being. He currently serves as the Chair of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education, his scholarship on this topic has appeared in the Villanova Law Review and Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession's journal, The Practice, and he has presented on the topic throughout the nation. In addition to this scholarship, he is the co-author (with Stephen Armstrong and Timothy Terrell) of the forthcoming fourth edition of Thinking Like a Writer, the premier legal writing book for practitioners (as well as a forthcoming law school edition of the book), and has provided workshops on effective legal writing to practitioners both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Reich spent eight years as a litigator at the firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, focusing his practice on complex litigation. During his tenure there, Professor Reich represented a wide range of clients in domestic and international matters—most notably, he was on the team representing the plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the historic case for marriage equality—and briefs on which he worked while at the firm currently appear in several legal writing textbooks. Professor Reich also clerked for Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. (ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.


Capitalizing on Heathy Lawyers: The Business Case for Law Firms to Promote and Prioritize Lawyer Well-Being, 6 Practice (Harv. L. Sch. Ctr. On the Legal Prof.) (2020).

Capitalizing on Healthy Lawyers: The Business Case for Law Firms to Promote and Prioritize Lawyer Well-Being, 65 Vill. L. Rev. 361 (2020).

Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (with Stephen V. Armstrong & Timothy Terrell).

 Media Appearances

Kent A. Halkett, A BigLaw Partner’s Journey Through Clinical Depression, ABA Journal April 23 2021

AALS Announces Sections of the Year, Association of American Law Schools January 9 2021 https://www.aals.org/aals-newsroom/aals-announces-sections-of-the-year-2021/

What a Year it Has Been, 6 The Practice, Special Issue (Harv. L. Sch. Ctr. On the Legal Prof.) December 2020 https://thepractice.law.harvard.edu/article/what-a-year-it-has-been/.

Alyssa Greenstein, Spotlight on Sections: Balance in Legal Education, AALS News November 2020 https://www.aals.org/about/publications/newsletters/aals-news-fall-2020/spotlight-on-sections-balance-in-legal-education/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=informz&utm_campaign=AALS

Aebra Coe, Virus Poses Latest Test to Supporting Atty’s Mental Health, Law360.com. March 23 2020 https://www.law360.com/articles/1255561

Michele Gorman, Firms Promoting Atty Wellness Will See Economic Benefits, Law360.com. August 21 2019 https://www.law360.com/articles/1190452

 Presentations & Awards

The Business Case for Lawyer Well-Being (September 23, 2021)

The Business Case for Lawyer Well-Being (October 13, 2021)

Panel: Professional Responsibility During and Post COVID-19 (March 12, 2021)

The Growth Mindset: A New Vision for Legal Education and Resiliency in the Legal Profession (January 7, 2021)

The Business Case for Lawyer Well-Being (April 7, 2021)

Capitalizing on Healthy Lawyers (October 9, 2020)

Panel: More than Feeling Good: How Mental Health and Well-Being Will Help You Succeed in Exams and in Life (October 13, 2020)

The Morality Play: Effective Legal Writing in Advocacy (October 13, 2020)

Capitalizing on Healthy Lawyers (March 23, 2020)

Panelist: New Scholars Showcase (January 4, 2020)

Using Technology in the Classroom (September , 2019)

The Morality Play in Practice: Effective Legal Writing in Advocacy (March 21, 2019)

Writing to Win: Settlement Advocacy Through Legal Writing (June 15, 2018)

Moderator: Applying Positive Psychology and Strengths-Oriented Approaches in Teaching (January 6, 2018)

Panel: Introducing Mind-Body Skills to Students (August 10, 2018)

The Morality Play in Practice: Effective Legal Writing in Advocacy (April 12, 2018)

Jarrod Reich
Phone: (305) 284-9338
Office: D-339
Faculty Assistant

Amador, Clarita

Phone: (305) 284-4241
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Civil Litigation and Procedure
  • Legal Writing
  • Well-Being in the Legal Profession