“I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.” — James Michener
This is not your typical legal writing program. It does not focus on the basic skills of good legal writing – instead, this accredited CLE course from ALI CLE, cosponsored with the New York City Bar, focuses on the advanced skills needed by lawyers who oversee the writing of other lawyers. While good firms always include in their ranks many good writers, those lawyers are pressed for time and frequently respond to drafts not by requesting another effort by the authors, but by rewriting the document themselves.
To truly "manage" the writing of others – to communicate edits and comments when everyone is under pressure to be productive – supervising attorneys need an effective and efficient way to give feedback that is quick, insightful, and instructive. This skill requires a new vocabulary and approach to editing that any experienced attorney with good writing skills can learn.
This advanced, one-of-a kind, accredited continuing legal education program will show you time-saving tips for managing the legal writing of others, so that they do the writing, not you.
Bonus! Attend this program on November 29 and receive a $50 discount off Persuasive Legal Writing on November 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Timothy P. Terrellis a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than a decade, Professor Terrell has led legal writing programs in law firms, courts, bar associations, and government agencies across the country and abroad. He also served as Director of Professional Development at King & Spalding in Atlanta. He is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (PLI, Third Edition). In addition to Thinking Like a Writer, Professor Terrell has published books and articles principally in the areas of constitutional theory, jurisprudence, and legal ethics.
Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 2.5; total 50-minute hours, 3.0
New York CLE credit: 3.0 credit hours in skills. This program provides transitional credit for newly admitted attorneys. This program is approved for MCLE credit in other MCLE jurisdictions. Credit breakdown for other jurisdictions will be available at the program.