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Legal Writing Academy - Schedule

Legal Writing Academy
Persuasive Legal Writing: What Every Lawyer Should Know

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Academy

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Winning on the Facts: Applying Effective Storytelling Techniques
Presented by Professor Jason Palmer
This interactive session presents storytelling techniques and demonstrates how storytelling can ethically and effectively improve your arguments as you draft facts in letters, motions, and briefs.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:35 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Groups on Storytelling
Small group leaders lead a discussion of sample legal documents, providing a hands-on opportunity to apply what you’ve learned about storytelling.
Breakout Group Options:
• Appellate Briefs and Motions
• Letter writing

11:15 – 11:25 a.m. Break

11: 25 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Advances in Written Persuasion: What You Might Not Know
Presented by Professor Catherine Cameron
Persuasion researchers know more than ever about how humans process messages meant to persuade. From the aesthetics of documents to the role emotions play in processing the written word, this session brings participants up-to-date on the science of written persuasion.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Included)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Editing Techniques for Maximum Persuasive Impact
Presented by Professor Kirsten Davis
Which edits maximize the persuasive influence of writing? In this session, we’ll review the top-five most “bang for your buck” edits for persuasive documents.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Groups on Editing Techniques
Small group leaders will engage you in a discussion of sample legal documents, providing a hands-on opportunity to apply what you’ve learned about editing.
Breakout Group Options:
• Appellate Briefs and Motions
• Letter writing

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Adjourn