The Third Annual National Institute Series on Writing Techniques for Winning Cases

Date(s) of Conference:

May 7, 2010 Chicago, IL
May 14, 2010 Seattle, WA
May 21, 2010 Denver, CO


May 7, 2010
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

May 14, 2010
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101

May 21, 2010
Grand Hyatt
1750 Welton
Denver, CO 80202


Lawyers often mistake forceful advocacy with belittling the other side’s case, exaggerating their own case, and berating opposing counsel. Not only are these and similar tactics professionally irresponsible, they also annoy judges.

In Writing Techniques for Winning Cases, Gary Kinder emphasizes the importance of ethics in writing a persuasive brief and shows lawyers how to make judges want to decide for them, how to shape a case for impact, how to get the judge’s attention, how to present a case quickly and cleanly, how to capture a judge’s imagination, and how to create arguments no opponent can deny.

Mr. Kinder will teach you how to . . .

  • set a winning tone in your opening sentence
  • become the “fair advocate” judges rely upon
  • avoid unethical slurs that judges despise
  • focus your writing with a theme
  • introduce your client to the judge
  • respond to “Rambo”
  • tell the judge a compelling story
  • spot the weaknesses in your opponent’s case
  • sway judges with ideas “Rambo” could never imagine
  • compose clear, concise sentences
  • be zealous without being unethical
  • build a bulletproof argument
  • draft a brief in 21 minutes

Contact Information:

The American Bar Association
Financial Services
P.O. Box 109078, Chicago, IL 60654-7598


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