Advanced Judicial Writing

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Bryan Garner

We’ve presented this two-day workshop to judges in Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. We also offer a one-day version for judicial clerks and staff attorneys.

The seminar emphasizes the techniques used by first-rate judicial writers. Participants learn:

  • The different ways to open judicial opinions
  • How and why those opening paragraphs determine the style of what follows
  • The 12 ways American judges typically begin their opinions
  • Which of those ways most effectively frame the determinative issues

The seminar also demonstrates effective editing techniques: how to choose the best words, how to sharpen and tighten sentences, and how to bridge between paragraphs for better-flowing exposition. Some of the same principles are covered in Advanced Legal Writing & Editing and the Winning Brief, but this workshop focuses on the unique writing problems that judges face.

Advanced Judicial Writing is available exclusively as an in-house workshop; it isn’t offered as a public CLE program.

LawProse Policy on CLE Credit

LawProse applies for accreditation in those states where we conduct live public LawProse seminars. Where state bars require it, we submit attendees’ names as they are listed on the sign-in sheet on the day of the seminar. If you are seeking CLE credit for a state other than where that seminar is being held, please apply directly to the appropriate state bar.