Legal Writing in a Smartphone Age – Sept. 15

A National Speaker Seminar

Living in an electronic world – where short, condensed writing is the norm – has negatively impacted communication in today’s litigation and contract drafting.

Writing is an essential tool for you as an attorney. You work with words every day – in your memos, pleadings, client letters, emails – and the words that you choose
in those documents convey your ability and confidence.

Are you sending the right message? This course focuses on learning to write effectively using a combination
of lectures, class exercises and discussions. There will be a special emphasis on drafting and the rules of construction.

You can expect to find out:
• How to write and edit more efficiently in the e-age
• How to apply storytelling to your writing of statements of fact
• How studying advertisements can help your arguments
• Ethical issues relevant to legal writing – RPC1.1 (Competence); 1.3 (Diligence); 1.4 (Communication); 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions)

Topics covered:
• Organizing your ideas: proper style, paragraph structure
• Convincing leads and conclusion: avoiding legalese
• The ethics of legal writing including citing to adverse authority, attributing sources, and use of metadata regarding electronic communication.
• How the internet changes the rules of privilege
• Writing for courts
• The process of editing (yourself and others)


National Speaker:
Steven Stark
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Steven Stark has taught hundreds of writing and speaking courses to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Steven is also the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette.

A former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, he has a vast background in the fields of legal writing, communication, & inter-cultural studies.


Legal Writing in a Smartphone Age
3 CLE / .5 E – Friday Morning, September 15
9:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

– ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis


Stay for the Steven’s Afternoon Seminar and Save on Both Seminars!


Writing to Win: Results-Oriented
Writing for Busy Litigators

3 CLE / .5 E – Friday Afternoon, September 15
1:15 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

– ICLEF Conf. Facility, Indianapolis

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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