The authors will be more receptive to not only accepting your edits, but to adopting the underlying principles in future works, if they see that you’re adding value to something they already worked so hard on.
This was going to be a column about discretion and judgment, and my perception that we need to reinvigorate those skills in the modern workplace, but that topic has thus far defied my attempts to wrestle it into the confines of this page.
This column is not about compliance, or at least not “Capital-C” compliance; it is about compliance generally, corner-cutting lawyers and inscrutable IT departments. It’s also about workplace rules and constraints, imposed in the belief that they’ll facilitate the attainment of generally agreed-upon good things, and why they often fall short.
You may not love it, and it may exasperate you daily, but it’s integral to your life as a small law counsel (and a person on Earth), and a few minutes’ effort can go a long way toward tamping down chaos.