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Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning With Words ALB

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning With Words
With William Bernhardt
May 28 Albany New York State Bar Association
May 30 New York City Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
7.0 Total MCLE Credits: 6.0 Skills; 1.0 Ethics
NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Not Able to Attend in Person?
A Simultaneous Webcast Option is Available for this Program
Note: Attorneys in their first two years of admission must attend this program
 in person in order to earn MCLE credit
Program Description:
By popular demand, NYSBA CLE is pleased to welcome back former litigator and author of the popular Ben Kincaid Series, William Bernhardt, to share writing and editing techniques designed to maximize your legal writing skills. Bernhardt will present his original “11 Steps to Superior Legal Writing” program and a new follow-up program “Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning with Words.” You have the option to register for one or enjoy a 15% discount by subscribing to both programs. Register early since we expect these programs to be sold out!
About William Bernhardt:
Bernhardt focuses on helping lawyers develop skills and strategies for communicating in a rapidly changing legal environment, with a special emphasis on the abilities needed to frame your case, present it persuasively and win. Reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment! William Bernhardt spent ten years as a litigator and partner at one of Oklahoma’s most prominent law firms. After his Ben Kincaid books consistently hit the New York Times-bestseller list, he left the practice of law to write and teach writing full-time, where he also holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature, giving him a unique résumé–the only legal writing instructor in the nation who has had academic acclaim, a successful, award-winning law practice, and numerous New York Times-bestselling novels
Subscribe to Both Courses and Save 15%!
Both 11 Steps to Superior Legal Writing and Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning with Words will be presented in-person at the Concierge Conference Center in New York City on May 30 & May 31with a simultaneous real-time webcast option. You receive a 15% discount off of the individual price if you register for both programs. Call the State Bar Service Center today at 1-800-582-2452 to obtain the subscription rate.
Who Should Attend:  Attorneys at all levels of experience will benefit from attending this course.
What Prior Attendees Have Said About William Bernhardt:
“Berhardt is a very gifted teacher and conveys the subject matter well” ? “Bernhardt is fabulous!” ?“Excellent! Great Presenter!” ? “Surpassed all expectations! Should be mandatory for all new-and not so new-attorneys! ? “Well organized and very engaging” ? “Bernhardt brings the subject to life!” ?“Amazing presentation—informative and interesting” ? “Very engaging—gave many good points to enhance writing style”
Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning With Words - AGENDA:
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                           Registration
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.                         Introduction: Why Cut-and-Paste Isn’t Good Enough
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.                       Refreshment Break
10:30 – 10:55 a.m.                      Identifying the Central Issues
                                                           -Framing the Issue Persuasively
                                                            -Clarity is Critical
                                                            -Anticipate Your Opponent’s Response

10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.                  Creating a Dynamic, Persuasive Brief
                                                               -The Fact Statement
                                                               -The Discussion
                                                                -Argument Tips
 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.                          Lunch (On Your Own)         
 1:10-2:00 p.m.                             Communicating Persuasively in Correspondence
                                                               -Use Correspondence to Get What You Need
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.                           Refreshment Break
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.                          The Writing Method: Maximizing Your Clarity and Creativity
                                                               -The Four Stages: Madman, Architect, Builder, Judge
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.                           Ethical Considerations in Persuasive Legal Writing   
                                                                 -Being the Fair-Minded Advocate
                                                                  -The Trouble With Tech
 4:20 p.m.                                       Adjourn
Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.
This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452