11-10-05 Program Notice.doc.
American Law Network Program Notice
Advanced Writing and Editing for Lawyers:
Beyond “Tips” to Fundamental Principles
Thursday, November 10, 2005
12 noon to 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Live Satellite TV Broadcast
Presented by the ALI-ABA Video Law Review®
SCOPE AND PURPOSE
By popular demand, this presentation re-broadcasts ALI-ABA’s February 2004 Professional Skills
program and adds a new live interactive Q&A segment. The program is designed to improve your skill
and efficiency in editing your own legal writing and that of other lawyers. It covers topics relevant to all
types of expository and persuasive legal writing (memoranda, briefs, letters) and discusses related ethical
and professionalism issues. It does not deal with formal legal drafting, although some of its advice is
relevant in that context.
The course assumes that you want to move beyond the usual advice about writing short
sentences and avoiding jargon. It describes the basic principles of clear and persuasive legal writing, then
shows you how to apply these principles when you edit. The goal is to enable you to revise drafts more
effectively and quickly — and, in the long run, to write better first drafts. The program also helps you to
show other legal writers how to improve their drafts, so that you do not have to spend as much time
rewriting their work. Examples from various kinds of legal documents allow you to see these
At the end of the re-broadcast portion, acclaimed ALI-ABA professional skills instructor Steven V.
Armstrong will join us by telephone to answer your questions before the program’s conclusion.
Stephen V. Armstrong is Director of Career Development for Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
based in Washington, D.C. He has conducted many writing programs in the U.S. and Canada for lawyers
and for state and federal judges, including the writing segments of the federal judiciary's orientation
programs for district judges, bankruptcy ju