Good writing skills are an essential component of a legal practitioner’s toolbox. Whether it’s a detailed court brief or a simple e-mail communication with a client or colleague, the logical organization, emotional tone, and style of language used in a piece of writing can strongly enhance or detract from a practitioner’s professional demeanor and ability to convey his or her argument. In this course, Robin Wellford Slocum (professor at Chapman University School of Law), Scott Hecht (leader of the insurance practice group at Stinson Morrison Hecker), and Garon Salway (who has served 20+ years as law clerk to federal judge Lloyd D. George) give pointers on best practices for effective legal writing.
Topics that these presenters discuss include memorandums (how to write effective ones, and are they obsolete?), trial court briefs (why to submit them, how to avoid sounding hostile, the importance of Bluebooking, and how to handle unfavorable facts and precedents), e-mail communications (tone, conveying bad news, avoiding making unprofessional comments, and flaming), and tips on persuasive writing style (effective choices of nouns and verbs, when to use or avoid passive voice, opinion, defensiveness, and showing vs. telling).
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If you are licensed in New York, this content is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced New York attorneys. Although, this content is appropriate for all New York attorneys, newly admitted attorneys cannot earn CLE credit for the completion of the course when presented via on-demand.