Legal writing is one of the most important skills a lawyer can possess. Writing is the medium in which a lawyer must analyze an issue and persuade others on their clients’ behalf.  If you would like to improve your legal writing skills, join us in a series of continuing legal education classes aimed to hone your legal writing techniques.

In Speedwriting: From Brain to Brief, our first class on Wednesday, January 8th, attendees will learn techniques developed by non-lawyer professional writers to enable lawyers to take complex, multi-issue matters and organize them quickly, logically, and systematically. The course speeds the writing process and helps lawyers handle and make sense out of even complex matters. Instructor Randall Christison is not only an AV-rated attorney, but also an author for CEB and other publications on the topics of law practice, professional training, and legal writing.  Prior attendees have called this course “the best MCLE I have ever taken.”

After skipping a week, we come back on Wednesday, January 22nd with How to Write An Effective Appellate Brief. Most appeals are won or lost on the briefs, not oral argument. Effective appellate brief writing requires knowledge and skills different from those used in writing points and authorities in the trial court. In this course, our two instructors will cover writing effective introductions, determining what to include and omit, avoiding waiver and forfeiture of issues, writing persuasive arguments, editing, and electronic filing. Instructor Michael Fish is a research attorney at the California Court of Appeals, and prior to that he was in private practice for 30 years and handled over 100 civil appeals and writs. Co-instructor Brandon Henson also works at the California Court of Appeals in San Diego as the assistant clerk/executive officer  and has been with the court for over 20 years and served in various roles in the clerk’s office.

And, on Wednesday, January 29th, Randall Christison is back to educate us on Persuading Trial Court Judges.  This course will help attendees write effective and succinct arguments that meet trial judges’ expectations, and address issues with topic headings and fact statements. Mr. Christison is especially qualified to speak on this topic because in addition to his aforementioned experience, he is a Judge pro-tem, mediator, and arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Court.

Each 1 hour class is $25, and will take place at noon at our Downtown location.  But, if you are interested in attending all three classes, our Unlimited MCLE pass would cost $75, and allows you to take as many  MCLE classes as you would like to from the day you enroll through the end of 2020. Just come in early for your MCLE class and get signed up at the Information Desk.