Strategic Legal Writing: Preparing Persuasive Documents

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 09:30
Name of Organization: 
Ontario Bar Association
Contact Email: 
Live webcast

Writing in a strategic way is as critical as oral advocacy, and is fast becoming an absolute foundation for solving and winning legal disputes. This popular program will teach you how to:

  • Write in a tactical and winning way
  • Move beyond reliance on boilerplate precedents (including “before/during/after” examples

Learn what the Court expects, what works and what doesn't, and get expert guidance from senior trial and appellate counsel on how to write and win in a practical, strategic, and focused way

  • “Positioning”—What the ad agencies do•Avoiding legalese in legal writing
  • Think tactically, write strategically
  • Avoiding “Not
  • The basics of good legal writing•Acronyms
  • Know the purpose for your writing
  • Thinking like a judge•Reader-friendly writing
  • Case law—give the court a break
  • Run-on sentences and big words
  • Adverse authority
  • Writing with colour
  • Opening—the first impression
  • Writing visually
  • Being realistic not academic 
  • Telling a story
  • Useful headings
  • Making the story work
  • Taking the high ground
  • Writing for the reader
  • Being creative
  • Stay in the present
  • Limiting the issues
  • Crafting your facts
  • Building around your theme
  • The analogy
  • Long paragraphs, the one-breath rule
  • Being realistic, there is another side
  • Letting go of the little stuff
  • Being credible
  • Conclusions—making sure there is one