This seminar features 10 tips to make your legal writing, regardless of context or audience, clear and concise. Ben uses both good and not-so-good examples from inside and outside the legal world in this interactive seminar.
Trimming the Fat in Your Writing
Have you ever listened to a long-winded colleague drone on, saying something in 100 words that could have been said in 10? It’s likely that you became annoyed, distracted, and uninterested. It’s a waste of time for everyone. Writing is no different.
Writing to Capture Clients
There are two kinds of writing: captive and non-captive. Captive writing is for the court, who is required to read it. Non-captive writing is different: reading is optional. No one has to read it.
Delivering Effective Feedback to Associates
This seminar teaches partners how to give relevant feedback to attorneys to help them become better writers. While red lining an associate’s work product may be a time-saver in the short run, it’s a time-waster in the long run if the attorney repeats the mistakes.
Telling a Persuasive Story
The statement of facts is one of the most important parts of your brief, creating a dominant first impression that wins over your reader immediately. But it also advances your argument: it’s subtly persuasive, and a good one pulls the reader to your position.
Revision: The Final Touch in Legal Writing
Effective revision of work product takes more than a cursory read-through at the end of your writing process. It’s not just about correcting typos, fixing spelling mistakes, and trimming extra words.
Developing Style in Your Legal Writing
The rules of writing are endless and often pedantic: by their very nature, they tell you what you should not do. Tethered to these rules, it’s easy to spend too much time thinking about what you can’t do (the rules), rather than what you should do (style).
Complicated Ideas, Simple Explanations
When we explain a concept from our area of expertise, it’s easy to forget that our readers don’t share our knowledge. The result? A confused and frustrated reader who sees nothing but jargon and convoluted phrases. Good writers explain a topic in a manner that anyone can understand.
Bad punctuation diminishes your credibility and prevents the smooth flow of ideas. Even worse, your message can be misinterpreted or unintelligible.