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Advanced Legal Writing and Editing

Busy law offices everywhere face a characteristic problem that few address: Even though all of them have some excellent writers, none of these lawyers know why they are excellent writers. They are therefore unable to communicate their skill to others effectively. This program is intended to fill that gap.

We thoroughly but succinctly explain the fundamental principles of expository writing, and then demonstrate, through numerous examples drawn from actual attorney work product, how to apply them. This program establishes the consistent writing vocabulary within the office that is so critical to permanent improvement in the written work of individual attorneys, non-lawyer, legal professionals, and the organization as a whole.

Writing to Persuade

With this program, which can be offered to any size group and as a separate full-day program or a half-day complement to the Advanced Program, litigators understand what makes a piece of writing persuasive, and, more particularly, how to sway their most important audience: judges.

Managing the Writing of Others: Partner and Supervisor Editing Skills

Because the analytical reasoning process used in drafting a contract is different from the one used in writing an expository document, transaction lawyers need to understand how to translate the economics of the business deal into legal principles, and then into contract provisions.

Judicial Opinion Writing and Editing

This full-day presentation explains the fundamental principles of expository writing, and then demonstrates through numerous examples drawn from actual judicial opinions and attorney work product how to apply them. The purpose of the program is to establish a consistent writing vocabulary within the office, which is critical to efficient editing within chambers among judges and between judges and law clerks.

Contract Drafting: Translating the Business Deal Into Legal Form

The analytical reasoning process used in drafting a contract is distinct from that used in writing expository and persuasive documents such as memos and briefs. Rather than trying to transfer information effectively, a transaction lawyer is actually creating information-the details of the business deal-that others will review carefully. Thus, while a good memo or brief reflects mastery of the principles of communication, a good contract reflects, first and foremost, mastery of the business principles underlying the deal. Translating a client's interests into contract provisions--putting the law to work--therefore requires skills beyond merely arranging words into a form. This half-day seminar focuses on that skill. The program was developed by Tina Stark, an expert in contract drafting.

Effective Writing and Editing Presentations

We offer four large-group presentations that set the stage for all the other training formats. Three involve expository writing (briefs, letters, memos, and the like): One is for lawyers of any level of experience or practice area; one is geared for litigators; and one is intended for lawyers who regularly edit and supervise the work of other lawyers. The fourth program is for transaction lawyers.

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Advanced Legal Writing and Editing

Writing to PersuadeManaging the Writing of Others: Partner and Supervisor Editing SkillsJudicial Opinion Writing and EditingContract Drafting: Translating the Business Deal Into Legal Form

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