Writing Skills for Federal Litigation
Created on September 22, 2019
An attorney's ability to write clearly, persuasively, and effectively cannot be understated, particularly so in federal court. Knowing the rules, general structure, and flow of a federal criminal case is an important starting point to being able to make timely written arguments which are properly sequenced for maximum effect. Identifying the relevant issues, and researching and arguing the law as supported by the evidence, are skills that are learned and honed through practice.
In this course, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy discusses best practices for writing in a federal criminal case, from pre-trial motions, to letter-motions, in limine applications, requests to charge, post-verdict motions, and sentencing memoranda.
- Review the rules and sequence of writings in a federal criminal case
Format your briefs, affirmations, and letter-motions correctly according to your local rules
Navigate PACER effectively
Identify issues from the facts and evidence
Argue the law with clarity and persuasion
Write to win
This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2019 Bridge the Gap event.
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