Four free webinars on learning to be a better legal writer

September 11, 2015

journal writingWriting clearly and forcefully in the legal profession is of the utmost importance. That’s exactly why we have created four webinars hosted by Ed Good. We strongly recommend watching all four to learn how to make your legal writing more concise, more compelling, and more persuasive.

“NOUNINESS”: Writing With Hard-Hitting Verbs

Legal writers use far too many noun forms in memos and briefs. The result? Mushy, weak verbs pervade their documents.

In this session, you’ll learn all about derivative nouns, derivative adjectives, “switcheroo” nouns, groped-for verbs, auxiliary-verb goo, and the preposition parade. When you see the damage “nouniness” inflicts on your writing, you’ll grab some action verbs and start riveting your readers.

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Strengthening Your Style: Attacking the Verb “To Be.”

In the early 1990s, a group in the International Society for General Semantics developed a language it called “E-Prime.” The language had one simple rule: You may not use the verb “to be” in your writing, in your speech, in your thinking, in your dreams. Although the E-Primers go too far, they have discovered a trick: You can write more powerfully by reducing your use of the verb “to be.” In this webinar, we review how the “be” verb produces clutter in legal writing and causes boredom in the readers of legal documents.

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“PASSIVENESS”: Preferring the Active Voice

We’ve all been taught to avoid the Passive Voice. Some even seek to abolish it. But the time has come to get a grip, learn exactly what the passive voice is, precisely how to construct it, and then how to use it strategically.

In this webinar, you’ll find out what passive voice is … and what it isn’t. Once you have a firm understanding of passive voice, you’ll learn the seven situations where passive voice is actually preferred.

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“CLAUSINESS”: Writing with Phrases

Has anyone ever complimented you on your “well-claused brief”? We didn’t think so. “Well-phrased brief”, maybe. Legal writers have a tendency to overuse dependent clauses – lots of “thats” and “whiches”.

In this webinar you’ll learn when, where, and how to use that, which, who, whom, and whose. You’ll learn the differences between clauses and phrases. After you become a master in writing properly constructed clauses, you’ll learn how to cut them down to the leaner structure – the phrase.

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