Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Designed for litigators, this dynamic, half-day program focuses on three critical aspects of advocacy writing, with an emphasis on writing persuasive factums:
The program is based on many examples of good and bad factums, including expert revisions of draft factums. It helps lawyers to “think like a writer” with the same intellectual sophistication with which they already think like lawyers, and offers a systematic approach for editing factums to improve their clarity and persuasiveness.
9:00 am - Introduction: The Principles of Persuasion
10:30 am - Break
10:45 am - Persuading through Clarity
12:00 pm - Morning session concludes
Afternoon Workshop (12:00 – 4:00 pm including lunch)
Participants who select full day registration will also participate in an afternoon skills building workshop with Stephen Armstrong. The workshop will focus entirely on editing exercises that will apply the advice provided in the morning, and will allow the participants to discuss the best techniques for creating clear and persuasive factums. Participants should be prepared to have their edits shared and discussed with the group. Afternoon participants are encouraged to bring a laptop; laptops are not necessary for the morning. Afternoon workshop enrolment is limited, and advance preparation is required.
About Stephen Armstrong
Stephen Armstrong has conducted writing programs for lawyers and judges in Canada and the United States for over 20 years. He serves as lead instructor for the award winning Written Advocacy program conducted by The Advocates’ Society and Osgoode Hall Law School, and has taught similar programs to wide acclaim for a number of Canadian law firms. In the U.S., he teaches regularly in programs for new U.S. federal judges, and conducts programs for lawyers under the sponsorship of major continuing legal education organizations and government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. With Professor Timothy P. Terrell, he is the author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd edition, Practising Law Institute, 2008).
CPD Hours: This program has been approved for 6 hours of professional development (3 hours for morning only) by the Law Society of British Columbia.
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