The Write Stuff: Win Your Case With Compelling Briefing And The Tools Of Rhetoric

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Live Webcast - December 12th, 2018

  • 9:00-11:15am PST / 10:00-12:15pm MST / 11:00-1:15pm CST / 12:00-2:15pm EST

This CLE will cover effective written advocacy, including rhetorical tips and tricks, and provide practical guidance for persuading courts. Most motions and virtually all appeals are decided on the papers. Find out how to make yours more compelling.



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  • David E. Hackett
    As a law clerk in both the trial and appellate courts, David Hackett learned that presenting clear, focused, and thoughtful briefing is often the critical first step to winning any appeal or motion. Since joining GMSR, David has put that knowledge to use in a variety of substantive areas. He has briefed numerous appeals, writ petitions, and post-trial motions on topics including agency and partnership, civil procedure, constitutional law, employment, environmental law, probate, real estate, and tax. He has also prepared coverage opinions for the firm’s insurer clients. David received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. He then served as a law clerk to Judge Gary A. Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.Between clerkships, he was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

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    MaryBeth LippSmith
    MaryBeth handles appeals and motions in California and federal court. She also offers a unique perspective, having spent more than a decade working in the federal courts. She has served as both an elbow and career law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Previously, MaryBeth worked as a capital habeas staff attorney at the Central District of California. There, she served as a law clerk in nineteen death penalty cases that were assigned to sixteen different judges.

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    1. The importance of the introduction
    2. Briefing dos and dont's
    3. How the little things – structure and composition – can make a big difference
    4. What lawyers can learn about rhetoric from non-legal writers

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