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HCBA Presents: The Art, Science & Power of Persuasive Writing
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HCBA Presents: The Art, Science & Power of Persuasive Writing

When: Friday, November 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: HCBA Office
600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 390
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Contact: Sarah Mayer

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HCBA Presents:
The Art, Science & Power of Persuasive Writing

A full-day course that will change the way you think about and approach legal writing. This course provides lawyers at all levels of experience with innovative techniques to improve their writing, and will re-ignite your enthusiasm for the art & science of persuasive writing so you return to the office Monday morning looking forward to writing your next brief!

 Speaker Matthew R. Litt's unique background as a large-firm Appellate Dept. Chair, law school writing professor and best-selling author means no one writes, or thinks about writing, like he does. This is a professional presentation with hundreds of hours invested in research, rehearsal, and development of handout materials; Matt has presented this and other persuasive communication courses to countless Bar Associations and individual law firms.

Full lunch is included. 

1.0 Ethics MBCLE credit applied for
6.0 Standard MBCLE credits applied for

Speaker: Matthew R. Litt, Esq. - Bestselling Author & former Legal Writing Prof. at Seton Hall Law School.


9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. The History of Persuasive Writing in American Jurisprudence

9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The State of Persuasive Writing Today & the Opportunity for Skilled Writers

9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Key to Persuasive Writing - Ask Yourself Why?

10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. How to Start – Organizing Your Thoughts, Research, and Writing

10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Examining the Classics – A Study of the Profession’s Greatest Writers

11:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Powerful Use of Point Headings & Subheadings

11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Making Your Facts Come Alive

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. In Their Own Words - What do Judges and Law Clerks Want?

1:45 p.m. to  2:15 p.m. Writing Persuasive Reply Briefs

2:15 p.m. to  3:00 p.m. Persuasive Use of Citations

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Editing

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Professionalism and Ethics in Legal Writing

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. An Introduction to the Art & Science of Effective Oral Argument

*Credits may be subject to change.
*Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to the event in order to be eligible for a refund. The cost of materials will be deducted from total amount of the refund. Those registering for an event fewer than 7 days prior to the event will be ineligible for a refund.