Legal Writing: A Judge’s Perspective of the Written Word
Date: Mar 7, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Jeffrey S. Mandel, Esq.
- Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Mandel, LLC, Tennent
- Robert Bacharach
- Robert Bacharach
"Effective legal writing calls not only for artistry but also for scientific understanding." In this synthesis of his experience on the bench and his own research into the science and art of written communications, Robert E. Bacharach, a federal court judge, shares his insights on ways language can determine different responses -- and how to use this knowledge to craft a powerful and persuasive message. Legal writing is an important skill that you need from your first day of practice to your last. Judge Bacharach’s approach benefits all lawyers from beginner to experienced.
This program will also provide you with an overview of New Jersey specific Court Rules and writing requirements that you need to keep in mind once you start putting Judge Bacharach’s teachings into practice.
- Organization - the guiding principles of parallelism, logical sequence, and developing the point before responding to the adversarial argument
- Headings - creating a familiar context to make it easier for readers to follow your argument
- Fact sections - the importance of a clearly written summary of legal facts that is readily understandable
- Sentences and paragraphs - in-depth commentary on structural issues such as varying the length of the sentence structure to key rhetorical devices, all to make the reader follow the flow of the argument
- Diction - how to choose the right word (and why)
- Grammar - the most essential rules to follow for effective legal writing
- Conclusions - how to end strong with a concise reminder of the core points
- Quoting - when--and when not--to use it
- Typography and page layout
- New Jersey Court Rules regarding written submissions