Best Practices For Legal And Appellate Writing

Legal Area:        Civil Trial Civil Appellate Criminal Litigation Family Personal Injury Labor Employment
Total Credit Hours:        4.25
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $80.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        10/31/2021
Information:        ONLY $40

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **, together with the Tarrant County Bar Association, are pleased to present a special course designed to enhance practice skills in the area of legal and appellate writing. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar by the Tarrant County Bar Association on February 17, 2017.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Writing to Persuade: Rhetoric and Coherence

  • Thinking Strategically About Persuasion

  • Stages of Intellectual Growth: Becoming a Good Legal Writer

  • Implementing the Principles of "Super-Clarity"

  • Meta-Information Throughout the Document

  • The Keys to Strong Structure

  • Writing Effective Introductions

  • Rhetoric and Organization: Avoiding Default Organizations

  • Writing Persuasive Stories: The Elements of a Story


Professor Timothy P. Terrell, Emory University School of Law. Education: Diploma in Law, Oxford University, 1980; JD, Yale University, 1974; BA, University of Maryland, 1971. Professor Terrell is a nationally renowned speaker on Legal Writing, Legal Ethics and Legal Theory. At Emory, Professor Terrell teaches the first-year course in Property, and upper level courses in Legal Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Advanced Legal Writing. Regarding legal writing, Professor Terrell has for more than a decade conducted the writing and editing portion of the training program for new appellate judges at NYU Law School’s Institute of Judicial Administration. In addition to presenting programs around the country to law firms and bar associations, he is the primary consultant on legal writing to the international association of law firms called Lex Mundi and has conducted programs at its member firms around the world. He is the coauthor of a popular text on legal writing, entitled 'Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing' (3d ed., 2008, Practicing Law Institute). He has also recently released a new book entitled 'Dimensions of Legal Reasoning: Developing Analytical Acuity from Law School to Law Practice'. More information about Professor Terrell may be found at the Emory University School of Law website.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization Areas:

Credit Hrs     Area
   4.25           Labor and Employment Law
   4.25           Family Law
   4.25           Personal Injury Trial Law
   4.25           Civil Trial Law
   4.25           Criminal Law
   4.25           Civil Appellate
   4.25           Consumer Law
   4.25           Juvenile Law
   4.25           Criminal Appellate
   4.25           Construction Law
   4.25           Child Welfare Law


This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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