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11 Steps To Superior Legal Writing - Video Replay

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


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 andediting techniques designed to maximize your legal writing skills.
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


 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

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

Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part II
-Putting Fire Into Your Arguments
-How to Find the Right Word
-Eliminating Legalese
-Using Quotations Wisely

Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part II
-Every Word Matters
-Making Your Writing Memorable
-Other Considerations

The Writing Process
-Writing is a Process
-How to Produce the Highest Quality Efficiently

Ethical Considerations in Legal Writing
-Writing Ethically
-Avoiding Invective and Personal Attacks
-Conceding When You Should
-Quoting Ethically
-Your Client is Not Your Excuse

Correspondence and Other Legal Writing Issues
-The Importance of Writing Correspondence Well
-How to Write Effective Correspondence
-Q & A on Legal Writing



MCLE Credits: 6.5 (5.5 Skills; 1.0 Ethics)



Program: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Q&A Session with William Bernhardt
This course has been approved for all attorneys, other than those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months).
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452