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.
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.
Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, Mr. Bondy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Bondy has represented literally hundreds of individuals at all stages of criminal litigation. His dedicated courtroom advocacy and written work have won numerous clients dismissals, acquittals, reduced sentences, and appellate reversals.
Mr. Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal law topics at various community, bar association and legal programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy currently serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP).
Mr. Bondy has been honored to serve as private counsel of choice to over one thousand criminally accused individuals, from all walks of life.