Endorsed by the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
“If lawyers can’t write clearly and plainly and concisely, then they fail to effectively do their job – which is to communicate with judges, other lawyers, and clients. They’re like a carpenter who can’t drive a finish nail straight.”
Joseph Kimble, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University–Cooley
Add a little flair
Legal writing may involve a technical subject matter but that doesn’t mean your writing needs to be drab and dreary. At Write Away: Effective Legal Writing in 2019, attorneys of all skill levels will benefit from learning how to write more compelling legal documents.
Tell a more exciting tale
Your brief’s Statement of Facts is not the place to present your legal argument, but it is where you can begin to shape your audience’s perceptions about a case. Discover creative approaches to lead readers to your desired conclusion – without resorting to overly dramatic language. Find out how seemingly neutral sentences can be adjusted to become more persuasive. Polish your storytelling techniques.
Steer clear of legalese
Do your briefs tend to resemble a Latin dictionary? While sometimes there is a need for precision that can only be achieved by using legal jargon, in most cases, you can probably find a better ordinary-language equivalent. Hereinafter, drop the archaic legal lingo. Gain tips for getting your point across more concisely.
What is 500+ pages long and causes widespread frustration across the legal professional? As the dominant citation manual in the U.S., the Bluebook is your key to accurately citing sources. Brush up on key sections. Bring any questions you have about tricky citations you’ve recently encountered.
Plus, understand why typography should not be overlooked during the writing process. Create more enjoyable reading and strengthen your case.