April 3, 2020
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
CBA Law Center
30 Bank St
Presented by the Connecticut Bar Institute
About the Program
Knowing the law is essential—but so is being able to communicate about it. Join writing coach and former attorney Rick Horowitz for a lively and practical session that will reintroduce you to your legal-writing toolbox, including a few tools you didn't know were in there. This class explores the fundamentals (and the critical details) of creating clear, well-organized, persuasive legal documents. Briefs, memos, client letters, and even daily correspondence benefit from your deeper understanding of what goes into successful writing, so we’ll examine good and not-so-good writing to see what worked, what didn't, and why.
You Will Learn
- About specific writing problems common to lawyers, and how to overcome them
- To make better writing decisions before your fingers ever touch the keyboard
- How to stroke a better balance between “completeness” and “conciseness”
- To recognize that writing to multiple audiences, through a variety of document types, and on a growing number of platforms, requires a variety of approaches
- How to improve writing that’s too wordy, complex, passive, or filled with jargon
- How to be better at providing early (and frequent) help to guide readers through complicated documents
- How to deal with having your work edited by co-workers and supervisors
- Legal-writing strategies you can apply and share back in your own offices
Who Should Attend
Connecticut-based lawyers of any level of experience, and in any area of practice.
(Includes a light breakfast, lunch, electronic materials*, and parking in the public garage at 35 Bank St)
Student Member $25
CT: 6.0 CLE Credits (General)
NY: 7.0 CLE Credits (Skills)
The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional credits. Financial hardship information available upon request.
*Electronic materials are included in the price of the seminar. Any materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. No paper copies will be provided unless purchased separately. This seminar will not be recorded. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to event are non-refundable.
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