Continuing Legal Education

Legal Writing in the Smartphone Age

December 13, 2013
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours, including 3.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 East North Water Street
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Masters Series

Refine your legal writing skills with this informative seminar that teaches you how to draft concise language, avoid ambiguous wording, and identify which information is
 essential for inclusion in your writing!

Gone are the long, flowing e-mail messages with pretty graphics and lots of attachments. Today’s communication – almost 100% electronic – is immediate, brief, clear, and powerful. Designed to boost your instant (or near-instant) message drafting skills, this program examines the ways in which lawyers’ traditional training in writing and communication ill-prepares them for this new age of “short and to the point.” Lawyers are communicating with clients and each other far differently than their mentors did – and far differently than how they were taught in law school – and many need help making the transition. Join nationally acclaimed speaker, Steven Stark, as he teaches the principles of good legal writing in these areas:

  • Technical writing
    Attendees receive a copy of Steven Stark’s book Writing to Win: The Legal Writer.
  • Memos
  • Letters and e-mails
  • Litigation writing
  • Contract drafting

Want to learn even more from Steven Stark?
Then don't miss his morning program titled, "Speaking to Win: Building Effective Communication Skills." Click here for more details!

About the Speaker:
Steven D. Stark is a writer, teacher, lawyer, and consultant. He has authored four books, one e-book, and one poetry chapbook. Steve has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette. He has written extensively on American culture and politics in such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly. Steve has a vast background in the fields of legal writing, communication, and inter-cultural studies. He is a former lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and has taught writing and speaking to thousands of lawyers, judges, business people, and government officials all over the world. Steve is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He devotes a substantial amount of his work to public interest, human rights, and pro bono organizations all over the world.