Writing for Lawyers: Strategies for Drafting Client-Friendly Documents

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:00
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Seminar Partners

Your ability to communicate effectively in writing can have an immense impact on your practice, and on the success of your firm as a whole. Clients, colleagues, and judges all appreciate lawyers who can write well. But lawyers face a difficult challenge when they write: organizing complicated material so it is easy for readers, including non-lawyers, to understand and remember. This program will give you a simple, powerful framework for adjusting your writing for the non-legal audience. Former litigator and acclaimed legal writing instructor Dianne Rosky will show you how to present complex legal information so that even lay readers can easily take it in. Based on examples and exercises drawn from actual legal documents, Dianne will share common legal writing weaknesses, including ineffective organization, weak paragraph structure, and convoluted sentences, and explain why these should be fixed, and how to fix them. You’ll learn concrete strategies for:

  • drafting effective introductions
  • providing clear transitions and roadmaps
  • using authority effectively
  • writing clear, concrete sentences

The course is designed for lawyers of all experience levels and from all practice areas who want their written material to be understood and not ignored.

Live webinar with chat includes 30 day replay.This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.