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11 Steps To Superior Legal Writing NYC

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time


11 Steps to Superior Legal Writing with William Bernhardt
Wyndham New Yorker
481 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Thursday, May 29, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
7.0 MCLE Credits: 6 Skills; 1.0 Ethics
NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Former litigator and prolific author of the Ben Kincaid Series, William Bernhardt returns to NYSBA this Spring to share writing and editing techniques designed to maximize your legal writing skills.   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.     
About William Bernhardt:
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 law to write and teach writing full-time. Bernhardt 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
Who Should Attend:
Both new and experienced attorneys will benefit from attending this program.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.         Registration
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.                     Introduction: The Problem With Legal Writing
--Where Bad Writing Comes From
--How to Overcome the Mistakes of the Past
--The Essence of Good Legal Writing
9:50 – 10:30 a.m.                   Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part I
—Tools for Maximizing Clarity and Precision
—The Power of Simplicity
—Eliminating the Unnecessary and the Unhelpful
—Avoiding Ambiguity
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.                 Refreshment Break
10:45 – 11:35 a.m.                 Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part II
—Putting Fire Into Your Arguments
—How to Find the Right Word
—Eliminating Legalese
—Using Quotations Wisely
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.         Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part III
—Every Word Matters
—Making Your Writing Memorable
---Other Considerations

12:35 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                       Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.             The Writing Process
—Writing is a Process
—How to Produce the Highest Quality Efficiently
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         Ethical Considerations in Legal Writing
—Writing Ethically
—Avoiding Invective and Personal Attacks
—Conceding When You Should
—Quoting Ethically
—Your Client is Not Your Excuse
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.                        Refreshment Break
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.                     Correspondence and Other Legal Writing Issues
--The Importance of Writing Correspondence Well
--How to Write Effective Correspondence
--Q & A on Legal Writing.
4:15 p.m.                     Adjourn
**Note: Register for this course and the follow-up course “Persuasive Legal Writing: Winning with Words” and receive a 15% discount!**
Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 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.
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452