Get Paid to Become a Better Writer

June 11, 2015

As a lawyer, your ability to legally write reflects a great deal on you as well as your firm. Undoubtedly, writing in a legal tone can be difficult, but making documents as clear, compelling and persuasive as possible can be an even bigger challenge. So, if you had an opportunity to develop your skills as a legal writer would you take it?

S030191_240X400_staticThat’s why we are offering four free webinars hosted by Grammar.com creator, Edward Good. Since 1993, Good has been a part of  Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, the world’s largest law firm devoting its practice solely to intellectual-property. He conducts a variety of training programs, helps the attorneys with their publications, assists with the interpretation of language, responds to questions on grammar and style, and provides training programs for the firm’s clients.

The webinars begin on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 11 a.m CT and will take place the same time every Tuesday until the final session on July 14th, 2015. At the end of each session we will raffle off two $100 Amazon cards for all those that attended.

“NOUNINESS”: Writing With Hard-Hitting Verbs

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. CT

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.

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 11:00 a.m. CT

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. In this webinar, we review how the “be” verb produces clutter in legal writing and causes boredom in the readers of legal documents.

“PASSIVENESS”: Preferring the Active Voice

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m. CT

We’ve all been taught to avoid the Passive Voice. 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.

“CLAUSINESS”: Writing with Phrases

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.

To register for the webinars click here.