April 25, 2013 • Contemporary Legal Writing: Form & Substance • Webinar

The ability to write forcefully and effectively is critical to your success as a lawyer. Because more and more judges are reading briefs on computer screens, rather than on paper, in Part 1 of this program, you will learn how to leverage technology as well as principles of document design and web usability to maximize your brief’s persuasive power. In Part 2, you will learn to write more persuasively by using the same powerful techniques that copywriters have relied on for years.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • How to persuasively present information intended to be read on a screen in pdf format
  • Common copywriting techniques
  • How to apply copywriting techniques in briefs and client-focused writing

Speakers

Lisa Solomon was one of the first lawyers to recognize and take advantage of the technological advances that make outsourcing legal research and writing services practical and profitable for law firms of all sizes. Through Lisa Solomon, Esq. Legal Research & Writing, she assists attorneys with all their legal research and writing needs, including preparing and arguing appeals and drafting dispositive motions and trial memoranda. Through Legal Research & Writing Pro, she shows other lawyers how to start and run successful practices as contract (freelance) attorneys and teaches lawyers in all practice areas how to write more persuasive briefs.

Lisa is the author of many published articles about appellate practice and procedure, and has also written extensively about the field of contract lawyering. A nationally-known speaker, she frequently presents continuing legal education courses about legal writing and contract lawyering.

Lisa is a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association; the Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society; the Federal Bar Council; Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers; and the Legal Writing Institute.

Lisa earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1993 from New York University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University. She is admitted to the bars of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm • Eastern Time

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Part 1: Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century

  • how judges are reading briefs today
  • the important differences between screen-reading and paper-reading
  • the F-pattern
  • tips for writing for the 21st-Century legal reade

Part 2: Powerful Writing Techniques to Help You Persuade Judges and Win Clients

  • The greatest challenge your writing must overcome to persuade readers to take a desired action
  • Basic concepts underlying all effective persuasive writing
  • How to write a compelling brief that the judge just can't put down
  • The role of emotion in jurisprudence and how to trigger the reader's emotions
  • The things readers absolutely hate—and how to avoid them
  • How to deal with objections to your position
  • Closing the deal: conclusions and calls to action



 



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