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Writing in the Law with Lebovits

Length: 2 hours

This entertaining and practical nuts-and-bolts seminar, taught by a leading advocacy instructor, explains effective objective and persuasive legal writing from thinking about a project through submitting it. Attendees will learn legal writing's do's, don'ts, controversies, and ethics. The components of a brief will be analyzed: questions presented, facts, summaries of arguments, and arguments. The seminar will also detail easy-to-learn but hard-to-forget elements and philosophy of good legal writing, including Plain English, style, clarity, concision, storytelling, organization, sentence and paragraph structure, citing, footnotes, quoting, format, legal method, and rhetoric.

Program Chair: Honorable Gerald Lebovits, Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County


6:00-6:05 pm  Introduction
6:05-6:30 pm  Why persuasive legal writing is so difficult, and what lawyers can do about that.
6:30-6:55 pm  Controversies in persuasive legal writing.
6:55-7:20 pm  Persuasive writing style, organization, document design, e-filing, and citing.
7:20-7:45 pm  Persuasive questions presented, facts, argument, and rhetoric
7:45-8:00 pm  Questions & Answers

CLE credit: 2.0 skills.

Original Recording Date: 3/13/2014

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • Writing in the Law with Lebovits
  • Affirmation Document