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Briefwriting 101

Length: 1 hour 47 minutes

Your filing deadline is approaching -- What do you do?  This seminar presents, in step-by-step fashion, tried and true tips for researching and drafting a professional-quality brief.  Plus:  tricks for reducing page-count and word-count, which alone are worth the price of admission.    

Program Co-Instructors:  Andrew C. Smith & Timothy M. Russo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

CLE credit: New York: 2.0 skills; New Jersey: 2.0 general; California and Pennsylvania: 1.5 general.


6:00–6:05 p.m.    First Steps

6:05–6:15 p.m.    The “Shell”

6:15–6:35 p.m.    The Statement of Facts

6:35–7:00 p.m.    Preparing the Argument

7:00–7:10 p.m.     Break

7:10–7:20 p.m.     Effective Use of Cases

7:20–7:30 p.m.    Ruthless Editing

7:30–7:35 p.m.    Footnotes versus Text

7:35–7:40 p.m.    Finishing the Brief

7:40–8:00 p.m.    Handling Page Limits and Word-Count Limits

Original Recording Date: 5/6/2015

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • *Brief Writing 101
  • Handout
  • Affirmation of Self-Study