Legal Writing: 17 Tips for Concision

        
  
     
Legal Area:        ALL Practice Skills
Total Credit Hours:        1.00
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $25.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        09/30/2018
Information:        NOW AVAILABLE
  

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CLEonline.com,together with Wayne Schiess, Senior Lecturer in legal writing at the University of Texas School of Law, are pleased to present this online CLE course with 17 tips for writing more concisely. Rather than make your document shorter by removing content and sacrificing substance, convey that content more efficiently. This course focuses on sentence-level techniques that will allow you to cut words without losing meaning. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.



Some of the subjects for this course include:

    • Whether to use nominalizations (heavy nouns) or not to use them

    • Beware of the unjustified passive voice

    • How to use possessives to avoid “of” phrases

    • Editing for redundancy

    • Eschew sesquipedalian vocabulary (avoiding big words)

    • And many more ...





    The speaker for this course is Professor Wayne Schiess, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. Schiess teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English and speaks frequently on those subjects. He has also written dozens of articles and four books on practical legal writing skills. Professor Schiess graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992, he joined the faculty at Texas. From 2004 to 2016, he was director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy (formerly Director of Legal Writing). In 2012 and 2015, he was chosen as the Law School's legal writing teacher of the year. In 2011, the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain Language Project named Professor Schiess as a finalist for a ClearMark Award by the Center for Plain Language. He also blogs on legal writing at 'LEGIBLE'. An extensive biography for Professor Schiess may be found at the University of Texas School of Law website.


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    This course is approved for credit by the MCLE Committees of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of California. In addition, regular CLE credits for this seminar may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity (such as Florida) or as an "Approved Jurisdiction" (Tennessee). CLEonline.com is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. (These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar.)


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