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Legal Writing Skills & Techniques (Update)

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Produced on May 28, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Legal Research & Writing

Course Description

Legal writing can be simple, explosive, dynamic, and actually interesting. It is one of the most important parts of our craft. Writing can be empowered through engaging language, a good narrative strategy, streamlined structure, and 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. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to structure your writing to exploit favorable facts and to use quotations from the record as powerful subheads
  2. Review different ways to employ metaphors and exhibits
  3. Develop techniques for using language to be more forceful and appropriate for specific issues
  4. Use technology including electronic filing to strengthen your writing

Credit Information

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Erica Dubno

Fahringer & Dubno, Herald Price Fahringer PLLC

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. 


Irene L.

Great job!!!

Jason G.


Ramiro C.

Excellent presentation! Very useful tips!

Lloyd F.


Edward K.

Excellent presenter. Great tips. I like the advice she gave -- had not heard these previously in other contexts.

Sunhee L.

Always clear presentation from Ms. Dubno

Yvonne B.

I was drawn to law because of my love and respect for words. Great course and instructor. Appreciated the tipsand reminders as to the power and sometimes requirement for brevity. But also appreciated her apparent love for words by citing periodicals (e.g. The New Yorker) and even particularly large judges (let alone a president, as ones to read for persuasive technique (e.g. metaphors). My last course for MCLE completion. Thank you! I'll definitely be coming back!

Jose C.

She was great

Andrew B.

Ms. Dubno always presents a great CLE and continues the mantle of Mr. Fahringer who is missed. A must see for anyone who writes appellate briefs.

Craig M.

Excellent presentation slides.

Esperanza A.

Great content!!

Jeremy M.

Terrific course peppered with useful and relevant examples taken from actual cases. Another zinger from Lawline!

Howard J. G.

Very informative lecture. Even after all these years of legal writing I was able to learn some new things. Thanks for offering this course and presenter.

Nouvelle G.

Repeats prior course.

Edward M.

Helpful presentation.

Michelle K.

Excellent instructor!

Teresa M.

Great presentation and materials

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