Two topics included:
PUT A LITTLE FICTION INTO YOUR LEGAL WRITING
Sounds like a contradiction? Not necessarily. Before Steve Berry was a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author, he was a trial lawyer. Thirty years of active practice taught him about legal writing; what works, what doesn’t. Fifteen bestselling novels taught Steve how to engage a reader. Legal writing is designed to persuade. Novelists entertain. But these two goals are not mutually exclusive. In a compelling one hour session Steve brings both skills together in a CLE-eligible hour design to help lawyers not only grab their reader’s attention, but make their point. The talk includes:
• Eleven rules of legal writing (bet you didn’t know there were that many!)
• Practical advice on how to apply those rules for clear, concise and compelling arguments.
• A review of some definite dos and don’ts.
QUIRKS AND CURIOSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
The United States Constitution is full of odd provisions. Some have even played a key role in our history, others not so much. In a one-hour, CLE-eligible session Steve will review several hidden and intriguing constitutional clauses, a few of which may even shock. Topics include:
• Letters of Marque (Article I, Section 8).
• The chaos involved in how the Constitution can be amended (Article V).
• The problems with income tax (16th Amendment).
• The disaster that is presidential succession (20th Amendment).
• The shocking truth about the ability of a state to leave to the Union.
All of these clauses have been explored in Steve’s novels and he offers a fascinating and entertaining insight into their history, legality and application.
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