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Practice Tips for Effective Legal Writing

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Produced on June 20, 2018

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Effective legal writing is essential to helping a court decide a case in your client's favor. It is therefore crucial to master techniques for organizing your brief and presenting your arguments to maximize your opportunity to achieve a favorable outcome.

This program, presented by Howard Suskin, co-chair of Jenner & Block's Securities Litigation Practice and Class Action Defense Practice Groups, will offer practical tips and best practices from an experienced appellate advocate about how to draft briefs efficiently, effectively communicate your written advocacy to the court, and generally enhance your legal writing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the rules of brief writing
  2. Master techniques for writing briefs that communicate your legal arguments clearly
  3. Avoid the pitfalls of ineffective legal writing

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Howard S. Suskin

Jenner & Block

Howard S. Suskin is a litigator with substantial first-chair experience in civil and criminal securities matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and the Class Action Practice. Individuals and businesses seek his counsel in such matters as class actions alleging securities fraud and misrepresentation claims, derivative actions claiming breach of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, shareholder demands for corporate books and records under Delaware General Corporate Law Section 220 and other similar state statutes, insider trading investigations and broker-dealer disputes. Mr. Suskin also counsels and represents clients regarding securities administrative and self-regulatory organization investigations and proceedings and in arbitrations.

Members of the Leading Lawyers Network have consistently recognized Mr. Suskin’s work in several areas including class actions, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and securities and venture financing law. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for commercial litigation. Illinois Super Lawyer named him a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer” eight times since 2007 and a “Top 10 Super Lawyer” in 2015. In 2010, he received the firm’s inaugural Associate Committee Mentorship Award. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee and currently serves on the Associate Development and Evaluation and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.

Mr. Suskin has published articles and spoken extensively on issues relating to class actions and securities law. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Board IQ, a Financial Times publication, has served on the Securities Editorial Board of Law 360 and serves on the faculty of Practising Law Institute. Mr. Suskin is an active member of the ABA Securities Law Committee, including serving as co-chair of the Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittee. He serves as the Chicago Bar Association’s General Counsel and is a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee. He also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and for securities self-regulatory organizations including FINRA, Chicago Board Options Exchange and the National Futures Association.


Eric M.

A real expert! Thanks!

Stephanie H.

Excellent speaker, great tips.

Chris K.

Really terrific points!

Ramiro C.

Excellent advice!

Rory M.

Harold S. Susskin was excellent.

James F.

This one class (Brief Writing) will keep me coming back for more opportunities. Thank you. Very useful.

Yevgeny R.

Very helpful tips on effective legal writing

Lori D.

These were helpful tips from an experienced practitioner.

Gavino M.

Great refresher course for non-beginner.

Michael T.

Well organized discussion, well presented. Counselor has a clear passion for writing. Enjoyable course.

Kimberly C.

One of the best CLEs I’ve listened to date. His cadence and presentation were both superior.

alan l.

Cool, calm and collected. Well done.


This course was very helpful and informative.

Jonathan C.

A good basic refresher every attorney should take as a reminder of basic good practice.

David D.

Well presented with numerous practical tips for better writing.

Robert G.


Matthew W.


Nina Anne G.

Some really helpful ideas and tips, here. I've been an adjunct professor teaching legal writing in the past and I still found something new in what Mr. Suskin had to say. Thank you.

Fatima A.

Great one, informative

Maria F A.

Excellent program; Mr. Suskin was very knowledgeable and helpful.

S Margaret P.

Fine program.

Robert G.

Very to the point with real world practical advice.

Trisha B.

A great and thorough review.

John C.

What could have been a very dry subject was made interesting and the content will be useful to me in the future.

Marci A.


Anthony D.

A great refresher with some great ideas. I will definitely refer back to the materials.

John A.


Carolyn D.

Better than I expected.

David G.

Excellent program!

Bryan S.

A very nice presentation. Well delivered and informative.

Larry D.

Very easy to understand points made by presenter. Enjoyed watching this program.

lorenzo p.

informative and easy to consume, thanks

Dena R.

excellent delivery, interesting and informative, backed it up a few times to re-hear particularly helpful content - ask presenter for more CLE presentations!!

Denise C.

One of the best CLE programs I have ever watched.

Ron S.

Mr. Suskn was a superb presenter, his recommendations were excellent, and I feel fortunate to have set through his presentation.


It is always useful to hear writing advice, even if it is something you have heard before.

Maureen D.

This was one of the most helpful Lawline courses I have taken.

Susan D.

Howard Suskin sets the standard for excellence in legal writing and formidable, yet civilized, advocacy.

William J.

Basic, but always good to recall/be reminded of the basics.

Lee H.

The initial part of the presentation was focused primarily on young lawyers working on briefs for senior attorneys or partners, etc. However, toward the end of his presentation he switched gears and provided a lot of good insights on practical and creative ways to write excellent briefs which was helpful for those of us who have written a lot of briefs!!

Amy F.


Robert C.


Anne R.

Mr. Suskind did an excellent job of clearly presenting guidelines and tips for effective brief writing. I'm returning to practice, so this was a helpful refresher. I can see returning to my notes to make sure my briefs follow his recommendations. I also appreciated that his presentation closely followed his written materials.

Rita M.

Mr. Suskin referred to the total brief as a mosaic and I find that a really helpful way to thin of it as I piece it together.

Melissa W.

Excellent refresher on the basics of efficient and effective legal writing. The presenter was personable, and I appreciated his use of anecdotes. I also liked that he reminded listeners on several occasions to be collegial with colleagues, the court, and opposing counsel.

Paul G.

A bit basic in some parts for most practicing attorneys but well done.

Mark P.


Jeffrey V.

Highly recommended for all levels, not just beginners

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