More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers (EDU211105)

Friday, November 5, 2021

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)


United States

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The format of this seminar has been changed from an in-person/virtual hybrid event to a fully virtual webinar.


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 this lively and practical seminar 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. We’ll also take a fresh look at some of the assumptions and habits that often lead lawyers down less-than-productive writing paths.

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 strike a better balance between “complete” and “concise” 
  • 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.


Member $230
Non-Member $460
Student Member $120 


Rick Horowitz_2021 Rick Horowitz
Prime Prose LLC, Shorewood, WI

CLE Credit

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 CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, or a fully interactive videoconference. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information about transitional and non-transitional courses, please see the page on CLE: Financial hardship information is available upon request. 

If the seminar is recorded, all member registrants will receive complimentary access to the recording approximately six weeks after the program. 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.

Closed captioning will be available during the seminar presentation for virtual attendees. 


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