Public Seminars

Questions about our Public Seminars.

Where can I register for the seminar?
You can register here or send in a copy of the registration slip from this brochure. Also, we can help you at 214-691-8588. If you need more information, e-mail us at info@lawprose.org.
I’ve taken this seminar before. Is it okay to take it again?
Of course. Depending on when you last took this seminar, the course (and the coursebook) may be different. Also, Professor Garner covers a wide range of writing issues, so for each seminar you attend, you’ll likely focus on something new to improve in your writing.

In fact, we have many attorneys who come year after year. Others attend for a refresher. And even more follow up from an in-house seminar to hone something that they’ve struggled with: crafting the perfect issue statement, perhaps, or learning how to be the go-to editor in their office, even strengthening their brainstorming skills to reach those winning untapped arguments that take their case out of the run-of-the-mill papers and transform it into something clear, easy, and workable for a court.

How long is each seminar?
For our spring live public seminars: 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
What’s the schedule for the seminar day?
Spring 2018

  • 8:00–9:00    Registration
  • 9:00–9:20    The difference between writing and good writing (with exercise)
  • 9:20–10:00   3 prerequisites to becoming a good writer
  • 10:00–10:30 4 fundamental tenets of good writing (with exercise)
  • 10:30–10:45 Break
  • 10:45–Noon The key to opening memos, reports, motions, and briefs (with exercise)
  • Noon–1:00    Lunch break
  • 1:00–2:15      8 principles for maintaining a lucid train of thought (with exercise)
  • 2:15–2:30      Break
  • 2:30–2:45      Potent conclusions
  • 2:45–3:00      Tone and document design
  • 3:00–3:30      Managing your writing process (with exercise)
Do you provide coffee, breakfast, lunch?
We have a Continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.; coffee, tea, and water is available throughout the entire day; and a light snack is served for the afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.
Should I bring a sweater?
The rooms are set to 70-73 degrees by the hotels—if you’re wondering about bringing a sweater, definitely bring a sweater.
How do I find out where the seminar is?
Please see our calendar for where the seminars are hosted.
What about when I arrive at the hotel?
  • There should be signs or reader boards that tell you where to go for the seminar. Also, the hotel staff can direct you.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the seminar?
  • Your bar number (We’ll be taking it at the front registration so we can report your CLE credits. If you don’t have a bar number, then don’t worry about it.)
  • A pen (Pens or pencils are usually at each seat in the seminar room)
  • Optional bits that people like to have handy:
    • Post-it Notes or tabs
    • Highlighters
Does this seminar qualify for CLE in my state?
Yes. We’ve applied for credit in all the states where the seminars are held for the date of the seminar. (In Washington, D.C., we’ve also applied to Virginia for MCLE credit there.) Attorneys seeking credit outside the state should contact their state Bar and apply for the credit directly. At the seminar, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance to include with your Bar’s CLE-credit application. Professor Garner’s CV is inside your copy of the course materials and the seminar description.

Advanced Legal Writing & Editing (Spring 2018): We applied for 5.5 credit hours.

  • Kansas City, MO (5.0 credit hours in Kansas; 5.4 credit hours, 1 hour professionalism in Missouri for March 20)
  • Phoenix (5.5 credit hours in Arizona and Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for March 27)
  • Austin (5.0 credit hours + 1 ethics hour in Texas; 5.5 credit hours Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for March 29)
  • Miami (6.0 credit hours in Florida; 5.5 credit hours in Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for April 5)
  • Detroit (5.5 general credit hours in Michigan; 5.0 general credit hours, 0.5 professionalism credit hours in Illinois; 5.5 credit hours in Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for April 10)
  • Chicago (5.0 general credit hours, 0.5 professionalism credit hours in Illinois; 5.5 credit hours in Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for April 12)
  • Washington, D.C. (5.5 credit hours in Virginia and Pennsylvania; 5.0 credit hours in Kansas for April 16)
  • New York (5.5 credit hours in New York and Pennsylvania; 6.0 credit hours in New Jersey for April 20)
  • Los Angeles (5.5 credit hours in California and Pennsylvania for April 27)
  • Denver (5.5 credit hours in Colorado for May 2)
  • San Francisco (5.5 credit hours in California and Pennsylvania for May 4)
  • Houston (5.0 credit hours + 1 ethics hour in Texas; 5.5 credit hours Pennsylvania for May 10)
  • Dallas (5.0 credit hours + 1 ethics hour in Texas; 5.5 credit hours Pennsylvania for May 16)
Will you submit my information for CLE credit to my state?
Yes. If you provide your bar number at registration, we’ll submit that information to the bar where we’ve applied for CLE credit.
Do I need to give you my bar number before the day of the seminar?
No. We take bar numbers when you sign in on the day of the seminar.
Do I need to have advance materials before the seminar?
No. You’ll receive all your course materials at the seminar when you sign in.
Can I record the seminar?
No. We ask that you respect Professor Garner’s intellectual-property rights.
Can I get an extra set of course materials at the seminar?
Each registrant will get one set of course materials.
Can I bring a guest to the seminar?
Sure, as long as your guest is also registered to attend. We ask the hotel to set a specific number of seats so that our attendees are comfortable based on our registration numbers.
How can I pay for my tuition?
You may pay your tuition online with a credit card or by check before the day of class. Registration at the door is an extra $25 per seminar. Limited need-based financial aid is available; for information, see our financial-aid policy.
Is there a discounted tuition for government and nonprofits?
Alas, no.
Something came up. Can I transfer to another seminar city?
Sure. We’re happy to move your registration to another one of our seminar cities as long as you let us know at least 24 hours before your currently registered date.
Can I transfer my registration to self-paced online seminars?
Sure. We’re happy to move your registration to our e-learning site as long as you let us know at least 24 hours before your currently registered date. Your paid tuition will be applied as credit to our e-learning site minus $150 transfer fee. Please have your selection of self-paced online seminars ready so we can add them to your e-learning account.
I need to cancel registration for the seminar I registered for. What happens now?
You’re free to cancel your registration up to seven days before the original seminar date for a tuition refund—less a $50 enrollment fee. There is no refund if you are absent or make a late cancellation. Instead, you may apply the registration amount to future programs within one year of the original seminar date. This raincheck is not transferable from one person to another.

Webinars

Questions about our Webinars.

What time do the webinars begin?
All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m. Central time. The virtual classroom opens at 11:30 a.m. Central.
When should I sign into the virtual classroom?
If this is your first time joining us with Cisco WebEx, we recommend that you try to log on at 11:30 a.m. Central time to give your computer time to install any plug-ins or other bits needed to help you enjoy the webinar.
How long is each webinar?
One hour from start to finish. Some of our webinars come with course materials that include a test that should be finished before the webinar begins. That adds some time to the program, depending on how quickly you complete the tests.
Can I not attend and then get it as the self-paced online version?
Yes, if you purchased a webinar at full-price, you’ll have the self-paced online version to watch up to one month after the webinar’s date. If you purchased the webinar in a discounted package, we’ll let you choose which missed webinar you want to have in your self-paced online library to make up on your own schedule. This will be also be available for one month from the date of the webinar.
Can I have other people watch with me?
Sure. We’re delighted that you’d like to host other people to watch the program with you. All additional viewers will each need an additional-viewer license at $99 per person for each session. Please call our offices (214-691-8588) or e-mail us (info@lawprose.org) to handle payment for these additional viewers. You can also purchase them directly on our e-learning site.
Is there a discounted tuition for government and nonprofits?
Alas, no.
Where are the course materials?
You’ll receive the course materials the day before the webinar at the e-mail address you used to register for the webinar.
Do I need audio to watch the webinar?
Yes. The webinar is a video with Professor Garner speaking. Sound would be good.
Will the Professor be calling on people in the virtual classroom?
Because of privacy concerns with webcams, we don’t require you to share your video with us during the seminar. This means Professor Garner also will not be singling out any participant during the program.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the webinar?
Occasionally, yes. Sometimes there is a quiz or test as part of the course materials. We’ll let you know when you get the materials the day before the webinar. Otherwise, no, there’s nothing else you need to do.
Can I get CLE credit for the webinar?
Yes. Our webinars are approved for 1 hour each in Texas. Also, we are accredited providers in Pennsylvania and California. If you’d like credit in another state, you can use the certificate of attendance you receive after the webinar and the course description from our website and submit it to your state Bar. You can also check your state Bar websites to see if you can get credit through these states listed (New York is a good example of multiple-jurisdiction approval).
Do I get a certificate of attendance after the webinar?
Yes. After you finish the webinar, we’ll send you a certificate of attendance along with any other materials that Professor Garner requests.
After I finish the webinar, can I watch it again?
No. Because we’re running the webinar from our mothership, we’re playing them on a schedule.
Can I have a copy of the PowerPoint after the webinar?
It depends on the webinar and what the course materials include. Mostly, the PowerPoints are interesting placeholders and easy-to-copy diagrams. Rarely are they in-depth informational slides. If they are, then the information is also in your course materials.
How do I get into the webinar?
Please log into your e-learning account at elearning.vitalect.com/LAWPROSE/ to get to the login page
What’s my username and password for the e-learning site?
Your username is the e-mail address you used to register your e-learning account. You can retrieve your password by clicking the Forgot Your Password link.
What are the technical requirements to run this webinar?
Cisco WebEx will need to install a plug-in. Also, we recommend using the Internet browser Chrome. It seems to run best for everyone.
Who is a primary-license holder and who is an additional viewer?
E-learning Site Licensing Options

Self-Paced Online Seminars

Questions about our Self-Paced Online Seminars.

Where do I go to access my self-paced online seminars?
Please go to elearning.vitalect.com/LAWPROSE/ to access your e-learning account.
What’s my username and password for the e-learning site?
Your username is the e-mail address you used to register your e-learning account. You can retrieve your password by clicking the Forgot Your Password link.
What are the technical requirements to run this self-paced online seminar?
Step-by-Step Instructions and Troubleshooting
What time do the self-paced online seminars begin?
Any time! That’s the luxury of the self-paced programs, you take them when you want to.
How long is each self-paced online seminar?
One hour from start to finish. Some of our self-paced online seminars come with course materials that include a test that should be finished before the video begins. That adds some time to the program depending on how quickly you complete the tests.
How long do I have to watch the video?
You’ll have 12 hours from the time you start the video.
Can I rewatch it over and over?
No. Each video has a one-play license.
Can I have other people watch with me?
Sure. We’re delighted that you’d like to host other people to watch the program with you. All additional viewers will each need an additional-viewer license. You can purchase these on our e-learning site when you purchase your primary license. The tuition for each additional viewer ranges between $25 to $99 per person for each session. You can also call us to handle payment (214-691-8588) or e-mail us (info@lawprose.org) and we can send you an invoice for you to pay by check.
Is there a discounted tuition for government and nonprofits?
Alas, no.
Where are the course materials?
You’ll receive the course materials in the self-paced online seminar module. When you access the program, another screen will pop up. Within that, there is an index tree to the left sidebar with the course materials loaded as a PDF. Some of the newer programs have their course materials under Additional Resources.
Do I need audio to watch the program?
Yes. The video has Professor Garner speaking. Sound would be good.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the self-paced program?
Occasionally, yes. Sometimes there is a quiz or test as part of the course materials. Otherwise, no, there’s nothing else you need to do.
Can I get CLE credit for the self-paced online seminars?
Yes. Our self-paced online seminars are approved for 1 hour each in Texas. Also, we are accredited providers in Pennsylvania and California. If you’d like credit in another state, you can use the certificate of attendance you receive after the webinar and the course description from our website and submit it to your state Bar. You can also check your state Bar websites to see if you can get credit through these states listed (New York is a good example of multiple-jurisdiction approval).
Do I get a certificate of attendance after the program?
Yes. After you finish the seminar, complete any steps listed for accreditation (including entering a code word). The e-learning system will generate a certificate for your account with an option to print it out.
What requirements are there in order to earn course completion?
Viewing the course in its entirety (watching each module completely) will give the course a completed status.
Can I have a copy of the PowerPoint after the program?
It depends on the program and the course materials. If there is a PowerPoint included, it is in the index tree in the left sidebar.
How do I get into the self-paced online seminar?
Please log into your e-learning account at elearning.vitalect.com/LAWPROSE/ to get to the login page. The seminar is listed under your My Courses page.
What’s my username and password for the e-learning site?
Your username is the e-mail address you used to register your e-learning account. You can retrieve you password by clicking the Forgot Your Password link
After a course is completed, can another course be purchased at a later date?
We will be more than happy to assist you with an additional purchase.
After I buy a seminar, how long does my subscription to that course last?
The subscription period for that self-paced online seminar is one month.
Can I view my courses from both my work and my home computer?
You can take the seminar from any computer simply by logging into your e-learning account.
Who is a primary-license holder and who is an additional viewer?
E-learning Site Licensing Options