If you’re a lawyer you’re a professional writer.
You might spend time on the phone, on Skype, etc. Nevertheless, what most of us do most of our working lives is write—letters, memos, briefs, email, wills, contracts, etc.
But being a professional anything is no guarantee of quality. And the legal profession nurtures terrible prose. Jargon, verbosity, pomposity, opacity, and obliquity have traditionally been hallmarks of what passes for good legal writing. Lawyers who want to become better writers often feel trapped. Why write clear, cogent prose if so few others are doing it? Why flout the industry standard?
No single course can completely overhaul an ingrained writing style that will take time and diligence to unlearn; however, The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Writing is a hand-to-hand combat course. It will impart skills to help you spot and avoid seven of the most offensive, counterproductive, and frequent faults that affect vast quantities of legal prose. Join attorney Theodore Blumberg to learn not only how to avoid these sinkholes but, just as importantly, how to replace them with good, clear prose that’s vital and cogent.
This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.
An alumnus of the Temple University School of Law and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Ted Blumberg specializes in entertainment law and litigation, commercial litigation, employment law, and criminal defense. His book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Writing, the genesis for which was legal writing seminars he taught with his colleague and mentor, Herald Price Fahringer, Esq., is now used in law schools throughout the United States.
Ted gave an excellent presentation! He provided very useful reminders and tips. Thank you!
Excellent examples, not just ones listed in the materials.
Thank you. Great course. It gave me alot to think about and change how I write.
This was excellent! I wish I'd heard it when I was in law school.
Excellent presentation. Speaker was great. He made a topic which at times can be dry very interesting.. Very informative with great suggestions.
The author was clear and emphatic.
very good course.
Very good engaging presentation style that holds your interest and focus.
i need more Ted Blumbergs in my life. Great video! Recommend it highly!!!
I enjoyed it!
This course is outstanding. Thank you.
Very helpful and entertaining course!
Best program seen in decades.
BEST COURSE YET!
The presenter fortified his presentation with several relevant and humorous points
Practical presentation, useful points to keep in mind
The lecturer and course was outstanding, and I wish I could give higher marks. It might have been the only CLE I have rewound to re-hear points
Invaluable and convenient instruction that clarified an area that I have struggled with for some time.
One of the few speakers where I wanted a five in the review section.
Very helpful enjoyable and interesting
Very good ideas.
This presenter is among the best I have ever heard. he speaks extremely well, his comments were excellent and his examples brought the points home.
This speaker was effective, engaging and practical. Excellent course.
one of the better CLEs in any forum. very well-presented.
Fabulous presenter. Perhaps the most impressive of all of my Lawline "professors".
Very good- thanks for being informative and a touch entertaining.
Very useful tips for effective writing
Great examples. Very clear speaker. Sound perfect. Great course.
Presentation was direct and enlightening.
The best and most practical CLE I have watched thus far. Great advice and excellent delivery. Thank you!
Excellent presentation using practical examples - no abstraction!
The material presented was clear, concise, and actually entertaining, which is amazing for a program on legal writing.
I agree with previous reviewers that this was my favorite CLE listen to date. Presenter was highly engaging, material was extremely helpful and interesting.
This is the best CLE course I've ever taken. If any CLE course were to be made mandatory, this would be it.
Entertaining and spot on re standard legal writing
This was incredibly informative. One of the best lawline CLEs I've done.
Best course I have seen. Practical and to the point.
enjoyable and excellent presenter
Very helpful. Blumberg speaks as he writes: only what we need to know.
100% Outstanding. Highly Recommend.
This is a very inspiring presentation.
One of the best presentations I've heard on legal writing.
Great writing tips!
Excellent, enjoyable,educational and precise.
Speaker added a dimension to what is often a predictable discussion and by doing so made many good points which came across, which others often fail to achieve.
Best seminar on the subject.
Great points and examples.
The best presentation on legal writing I have heard. Thank you.
One of the best speakers. Funny, entertaining, and has cogent, excellent advice.
I appreciated the fact that the course was recently taped (current material) and that the presenter gave his email for further books on the subject.
7 deadly sins of legal writing provides a short, memorable list for good writing habits useful in all industries, not just law - as a physician/lawyer I will strive to avoid these in both my medical and legal writing!
Excellent speaker who presented the course with wit, clarity and logic. I really enjoyed it!
Great, great job.
Excellent, thoughtful discussion of how to write.
Top notch informative program
Interesting and fun.
VERY ENJOYABLE TO LISTEN TO
very good content
Wonderful presentation. Sorely needed.
this lecturer is outstanding!
Really enjoyed this presentation!
Really enjoyed it. Hopefully I will be able to put his advice into practice.
Excellent CLE course, with some great advice for better legal writing. One of the more informative CLE programs I've watched.
Thought provoking, direct and concise; well-worth the time.
good! to the point
Very important lessons for persuasive legal writing
Highly recommend for content and wonderful humor.
One of, if not the, funniest Lawline CLE courses. Enjoyable and informative.
Indispensable content. Highly informative and entertaining speaker.
Very useful presentation.
Best of dozens of seminars taken!
Excellent speaker, and very useful topic!
good precise instructions for effective legal writing
Six of 7 sins, I already knew. The seventh, using footnotes for citations, is brilliant, and worth the course. Thanks also for recommending Brian Garner's work.
An intelligent and articulate presentation.
Thank you for this lecture. Writing is a constant process of revision and reinvention.
A dishy dive into legal writing.
Attorney Blumberg teaches state of the art legal writing in every second. I appreciated his writing examples of the late Justice Scalia and the late Justice Black.