Legal Writing: Document Design for Lawyers

        
  
     
Legal Area:        ALL Practice Skills
Total Credit Hours:        1.00
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $20.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        09/30/2019
Information:        
  

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **


CLEonline.com, together with Professor Wayne Schiess, Senior Lecturer in legal writing at the University of Texas School of Law, are pleased to present this online CLE program about the layout, format, and typography of legal documents. The seminar covers a variety of topics: from choosing a readable font to formatting your headings, to tips for using MS Word more effectively. Keeping in mind the constraints of court rules, this CLE program also offers six key recommendations that will guide you as you format legal documents. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations.



Some of the subjects for this course include:


    • Which is the best font to use for body text and which is the best for short topic headings?

    • All-caps and Underlining vs. Boldface and Italics

    • How to "turn on" fully justified text

    • Tips on margins and line-spacing

    • Try a scientific or “never lost” numbering system

    • Master some fine points of MS Word for legal documents



    Speaker: 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.



    ACCREDITATION INFORMATION


    This course is approved for credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238) and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648). In addition, regular CLE credits for this course may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA.  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation information.


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