Persuading Trial Court Judges

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: $10

Register: Here

MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory MCLE

About the Event

In the Pulitzer prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, Blake makes the seminal (if NSFW) speech advising salespeople to “ABC: Always. Be. Closing.”

We can translate this mantra into the legal realm by adapting the statement to  “ABP: Always. Be. Persuading.” A large part of legal writing is persuading the court to see things your way.  This persuasion begins with the first filing and ends with the final judgment (barring appeal, of course).

In this highly interactive presentation, you will learn how to maximize every section of your filing, including the headings, to convince the court to rule in your favor.  The presentation will focus on how to

  • Present a written argument using effective introductions;
  • Recognize over-wordy and succinctly written arguments;
  • Write an argument meeting trial judge expectations;
  • Present a written argument using effective topic headings;
  • Present a written argument using effective fact statements.

About the Speaker

Randall Christison has practiced law for over 35 years, focusing on civil litigation and on training lawyers. He has handled many trials and appeals and has been AV-rated for 25 years. He has authored books on law practice for CEB, as well as a number of articles on professional training and lawyers’ writing skills. Also, he is an active member of the legal community, serving as Judge pro tem, mediator, and arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Court. Christison has served as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and State and County Bar Associations as well. He has received rave reviews from prior students, including “great course,” “charming instructor,” and “the best MCLE I have ever taken.”

This webinar is part of our series of continuing legal education (CLE) classes. Since the physical locations of the library closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our CLE programs online as webinars. These courses have been in high demand and spaces fill up quickly so, please, sign up now to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with your login information after registering for the event.

And, if you are an MCLE Class Package holder, you can use your promo code when registering for the class to take advantage of your free MCLE webinars! MCLE Class Package holders pay a flat rate of $75 and can attend unlimited classes between the date they sign up and January 1, 2022.  If you have any questions about our webinars or our Borrowing or MCLE Class Packages, please contact us by emailtelephone, or Virtual Front Desk (weekdays between 2 pm and 4 pm). Or, you can sign up for a telephone appointment with a reference librarian to get your questions answered in real-time.

*A version of this speech was done by Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live. If you are familiar with the original or Alec Baldwin’s movie version, check this one out!