Legal writing can be simple, explosive, dynamic and, as shocking as it may seem, actually interesting. It is one of the most important parts of our craft. Writing can be empowered through engaging language, a good narrative strategy and, perhaps, the employment of effective visual devices - all of which can add considerable force to what you have to say.
Experienced appellate attorney, Erica Dubno, discusses the art of legal writing. The techniques suggested here can be utilized in any form of legal writing from letters to appellate briefs. This course is relevant for civil and criminal practitioners at all levels.
I. Identify how to structure your writing to exploit favorable facts and to use quotations from the record as powerful subheads
II. Review different ways to employ metaphors, analogies, exhibits and statistics
III. Develop techniques for using language to be more forceful and appropriate for specific issues
This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.
Erica T. Dubno worked with Herald Price Fahringer for 20 years. She is one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Erica Dubno has received awards for her appellate advocacy and, together with Mr. Fahringer, has drafted criminal and civil appeals in the federal Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and in the New York Court of Appeals.
She has co-authored numerous articles with Herald Fahringer, as well as book reviews for the New York Law Journal. Erica Dubno graduated from Oberlin College and Brooklyn Law School with honors.
Great CLE! I enjoyed the examples. The speaker was interesting.
Erica needs to give more lectures.
Excellent content and presentation!
Quick and thorough presentation
Erica dubno was a great speaker
I love the photo and chart ideas.
loved the specific practical examples- compact and jammed with good advice
very good presentation.
Excellent course! Course provides a substantial amount of practical information.
One of LL's better courses. The presentation was tight with no padding. The examples were limited (she didn't lapse into war stories) but illustrative. The info that issues for appeal cannot be preserved in a footnote was worth the price of admission. She offered helpful writing tips I'd not heard before.
Wonderful, fluid speaker
Very good program.
Some very good ideas.
good tips on writing
Excellent presentation! Highly recommended for all attorneys.
Great Course; I love the idea of how the table of contents are set up.
There are many good ideas in this program.
Very good course. Very helpful
great tips on writing techniques
One of the better presentations I watched. Well done, and inspiring.
Animated excellent speaker with practical ideas
Excellent job of presenting what could be a tedious topic. Very effective speaking manner.
Fantastic presentation - very informative and useful!
Very good speaker
Lots of great advice for making writing creative
Great tips for the experienced and novice writer of legal documents.
I enjoyed Prof. Dubno's course. The information she provided was very useful.