Introducing Second Stage, a newsletter and blog

It has been many years since I kept a personal blog, but I’ve decided to start again with a blog and email newsletter called “Second Stage.” You can read the first post and subscribe for free here.

Ryan McCarl's book Elegant Legal Writing is now available on Amazon! Buy a copy at and follow his blog at

I’m not yet certain which direction Second Stage will go, but I hope you’ll subscribe and follow along. I anticipate writing short essays, memoir fragments, notes from my readings and travels, and recommendations for things I’ve discovered.

Thank you for your time and readership.


Ryan McCarl (LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog) is an attorney and law professor based in Los Angeles.

Ryan McCarl is the author of Elegant Legal Writing (U. Cal. Press 2024) and a founding partner of the business litigation firm Rushing McCarl LLP.