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When: Friday, April 24, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Where: American University Washington College of Law
Claudio Grossman Hall
4300 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20016
United States
Khadijah Vasser

Phone: 804-644-0041 x 120


What to Expect

Cosponsored with the the Virginia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, American University Washington College of Law Legal Rhetoric Program, and the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers.

Are the legal writing classes you took in law school the last writing training you experienced? Would you like an opportunity to study and improve your basic legal writing skills?

This workshop is an intensive legal writing course, facilitated by judges, legal rhetoric professors, and experienced attorneys. While not an advanced writing course, this workshop will serve as a basic refresher and is designed to make you a better and more confident legal writer.The workshop will provide effective legal writing techniques and interactive class instruction to all participants.

The workshop will focus on the following:

  • Basic grammar and writing strategies
  • Understanding, and implementing, roadmaps and transitions
  • Tailoring your legal writing to your recipients and purpose
  • Ethical considerations and professionalism in legal writing
  • Effectively writing a discussion or argument section of a memo
  • The importance of persuasive characterization and fact emphasis
  • The differences between oral and written advocacy, and advice on to how to effectively engage in each

Plus, attendees will have the option to attend a breakout session focused on either litigation or transactional practice.

MCLE: 7.5 (1.0 Ethics) Anticipated


Click here for more information and to register for the event.


John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles – Norfolk
Andrea L. Bridgeman,
Freddie Mac – McLean                            
L. Steven Emmert,
Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C. – Virginia Beach
Hon. David W. Lannetti, Norfolk Circuit Court – Norfolk
Hon. Mary Grace O'Brien, Court of Appeals of Virginia  Manassas                          
Heather E. Ridenour, American University Washington College of Law  Washington, DC
*Professor David H. Spratt, American University Washington College of Law  Washington, DC

* Course Planner

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