The Art of Legal Writing

(309 Ratings)

Produced on: December 18, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

There is nothing more compelling than good legal writing. It can be dynamic, simple, explosive and surprisingly interesting. Writing is one of the most important parts of lawyers’ craft. We can empower arguments through engaging language, creative approaches and even the use of effective visual devices.

Veteran appellate attorney Erica Dubno discusses the art of legal writing. The tips and techniques suggested here can be used 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. Understand how to craft your writing to take advantage of compelling facts and quotations from the record
  2. Exploit exhibits, analogies, metaphors and statistics
  3. Cultivate techniques on using language to be more dynamic and appropriate for particular issues

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2016 Bridge the Gap Event.


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. 


Gregory C.

Interesting and entertaining lecturer.

Denise C.

Another Lawline home run.

John H.

Presenter was very engaging.

Kathleen W.

excellent speaker!

Randy B.

Great presentation and the tips were very insightful.

Nirav P.

first half of the program highly useful for effective legal writing

Tammy L.

Really interesting and useful course.

Allan S.

Well Done. Great Program

Jathan V.

Great tips for practicing attorneys; thank you!

Marc P.

Great speaker

Patrick J.

Excellent instructor

Susan I.

Great use of examples to illustrate the concepts.

Steven M.

very basic and narrowly focused on brief wrting, not "legal writing"

Mark M.

Very well presented!

Shellie S.

Great content and written materials.

Donald T.

Excellent speaker due to her not only teaching to act outside the box but actually showing how to do it.

Matthew W.

Well done!

J N.

Very helpful and very interesting!

greg s.

very engaging and informative.

Julie A. B.

Wonderful expose on the do’s and don’ts of legal writing. An Olympic gold-medal winning presentation.

Marcia M.

very good!!

odella w.

writing courses are always needed

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