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
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. A follow-up to his popular course 11 Steps to Superior Legal Writing, Persuasive Legal Writing focuses on writing to persuade in everything from litigation documents (briefs to memos) and correspondence. It builds on many of the principles established in Superior Legal Writing, but it is not necessary to take the first class in order to benefit from the second.
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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
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