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11 Steps To Superior Legal Writing W/William Bernhardt (ALB)

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

7.0 MCLE Credits: 6 Skills; 1 Ethics

NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education


Former litigator and prolific author William Bernhardt comes to NYSBA this Fall 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. Reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment!

About William Bernhardt:

William Bernhardt spent ten years as a litigator and partner at one of Oklahoma's most prominent law firms. After his 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 resume-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

-Legal Writing Can Be As Good As You Make It
-Why is Most Legal Writing So Poor?
-What Can We Do About It?

9:50 - 10:40 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

10:40 - 10:55 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:55 - 11:45 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

11:45 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 - 1:35 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)

1:35 - 2:25 p.m. The Writing Process

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

2:25 - 3:15 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

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:30 - 4:20 p.m. Pulling It All Together

4:20 p.m. Adjourn

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
THIS PROGRAM IS APPROVED FOR NEW YORK MCLE FOR ALL ATTORNEYS. IMPORTANT NOTICE--PARTIAL CREDIT FOR PROGRAM SEGMENTS NOT ALLOWED: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.
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