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.