FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

Writing About the Law

Whether in litigation or for an opinion letter, the law is usually the elephant in the room. In this workshop, learn tools for interpreting and writing about caselaw, statutes, regulations, and more. 

Type

Workshop

Audience

All lawyers

Versions

90 min. or 3 hours

Format

In-person or live

Topics

Big-Picture Rule Strategies • Techniques to Leverage Authority • Case Law Tools • Techniques for Better Citations

SEE IT IN ACTION

Take a sneak peak at Writing About the Law

Explore sample techniques and skills featured in this workshop.

FOUR PRINCIPLES

Crafting Rules

Rule process
Refine your process for teaching readers how the law works. You need to frame the law favorably.
Tech and guide
Get specific with rules and make it easy for readers to understand them.
manage authorities
Develop your toolbox for using authorities to craft credible rules that persuade. 
smart citations
Don’t let citations clutter up your writing. Learn to use them tactically. 

CRAFTING RULES

The Prep, the Pitch, and the Proof 

STEP 1

The Prep

What is the major area of law? How can we break it up into more manageable and relevant chunks? (Use very little authority here.)
STEP 2

The Pitch

Take one key part of the law at a time and explain how it works in simple and memorable terms, preferably a rule slogan. (Use a little more authority that illustrates your pitch.)
STEP 3

The Proof

Support your pitch with evidence from authorities. (Use most of your authority: This is where you want readers to dig deep.)  

CRAFTING RULES

Let’s see this technique in action

STEP 1

The Prep

Under the ADA, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with a qualified disability. [1 cite]. The ADA states that one way employers “may” provide accommodations is by reassigning an employee to a different job. 
STEP 2

The Pitch

“May” in the statute simply means that employers may choose between reassignment and other reasonable accommodations when they are available—employers are not required to offer this type of accommodation at the employee’s election. Crawford v. Union Carbide Corp.
STEP 3

The Proof

In Barnett, the issue of who gets to choose the type of accommodation was never raised, so the Court never considered it. Barnett instead held that “employees remain free to show...that the requested accommodation is reasonable” even if a company’s policy needs to be violated. Other courts have treated the “may include” language as simply reflecting an example, not a suggestion that reassignment is somehow mandatory. [3 cases with details from these authorities]. 

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WORKSHOP TOPICS

See what’s covered in Writing About the Law

Writing about the law is hard: We have to guide our readers through complex legal principles and jargon. No matter who you’re writing for, elevating your rule-craft will help you convey your message and persuade your audiences. 
  Workshop topics can change due to regular updates and improvements

90-Minute Version

   Introduction

Science and Research Behind Rules
Why Do Rules Matter?

  The Techniques

Preparing Readers for Your Rules
Developing Your Rule Pitch
Proving Your Rule Pitch
Writing Fluent Rules
Smart Citations

   Review & Wrap-Up

Legal Analysis II Companion Course

3-Hour Version

   Introduction

Science and Research Behind Rules
Why Do Rules Matter?

  The Techniques

Preparing Readers for Your Rules
Developing Your Rule Pitch
Proving Your Rule Pitch
Writing Fluent Rules
Smart Citations
Developing Legal Themes
Strategies for Countering an Opponent’s Rules
Advanced Authority Strategies
Advanced Case Law Explanations
Bringing It Together: The Rule Simulation

   Review & Wrap-Up

Gameshow Review + Prizes
Legal Analysis II Companion Course

COMPANION COURSE

Legal Analysis II

The Writing About the Law workshop comes with a companion course: Legal Analysis II. This course covers key legal analysis techniques that will help your team cement their skills after the workshop.

HOW IT WORKS

Writing workshops made easy

Write.law makes it easy to plan your next workshop or workshop series. From choosing your topics to onboarding your team—we’re here to help every step of the way.
STEP 1

Choose your workshop

Pick a workshop (or workshops) from our online menu. Or contact our team to discuss the best workshops for your team.
STEP 2

Seamless scheduling

Our automated scheduling tool makes it easy and convenient to find dates and times that work for you and your team.
STEP 3

Onboarding

After you schedule your workshop, the Write.law team will reach out with detailed information about next steps and how to onboard your team.
STEP 4

Workshop day!

We host virtual workshops on Zoom. If you chose an in-person workshop, our trainer will travel to your preferred office or other location.
STEP 5

Post-workshop practice

Learning doesn’t end after workshop day! Your team can keep practicing their skills with online, self-paced lessons related to your workshop topic.
STEP 6

Workshop debrief

After your workshop, the Write.law team will share a debrief covering key stats and info about how everything went with your program.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Writing workshops  that deliver real results

Write.law workshops are led by legal writing expert and Write.law co-founder, Joe Regalia. No more boring talking heads. Your team will write, interact, and explore their new skills together. Plus each workshop comes with its on self-paced companion course.
Presentation
Workbook
Companion Course
Virtual or In-Person
Onboarding
WORKBOOK

Follow along and revisit later

Companion workbooks feature pre-workshop homework, as well as a breakdown of all the writing techniques covered in the workshop. Participants can download and save workbooks to revisit later. 
PRESENTATION

Engaging and interactive presentations

Write.law workshops feature engaging and interactive presentations from Write.law co-founder and trainer, Joe Regalia. Each presentation covers concrete techniques for improving your writing, real-world examples from top advocates, and practice to cement what you’ve learned. 
COMPANION COURSE

Companion courses for additional practice

Write.law Workshops comes with self-paced companion courses hosted on Write.law’s online training platform. Participants can learn and practice new writing skills before and after workshop day.
VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON TRAINING

Virtual or in-person training

Virtual and in-person workshops both have a lot to offer. Go virtual to let your team learn from anywhere—all from the convenience of their office or home. In-person workshops are great for team building or all-day programs.
ONBOARDING

Onboarding your team is a breeze

We make it easy to schedule and show up for workshop day. Use our automated workshop scheduler to book your dates in under five minutes. The Write.law team will send onboarding instructions, workbooks, and everything you need before workshop day.

PRO SERVICES

Add coaching or a writing review

Get more from your writing workshop by adding virtual coaching or an in-depth writing review.

Virtual Coaching

1-1 coaching • 30 minute sessions
Add one-on-one coaching to your workshop. It’s the fastest way to improve individual writing skills.
  • Pre-coaching survey
  • 1-1 sessions (30 minutes each)
  • Flexible packages

Writing Review

1 document • Up to 15 pages
Have Write.law co-founder and renowned writing expert, Joe Regalia, review up to ten pages of your writing.
  • Review by Write.law co-founder Joe Regalia 
  • Inline comments and feedback 
  • Writing report and recommendations

MEET YOUR TRAINER

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About Joe Regalia

Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology.
Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology. He combines his experience as both practitioner and professor to create exciting new ways to teach legal skills. Before co-founding Write.law, Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as an associate at top AmLaw 100 firms.
Joe heads up Write.law's legal skills training team. He is also a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law—the number one ranked law school for legal writing skills and research. Joe regularly leads training for leading firms and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. 

About Write.law

We are on a mission to make legal skills training effective, easy to use, and engaging.
The legal industry is undergoing a tectonic shift. Technology, new business models, and evolving client needs are reshaping what it means to practice law. And that means the skills attorneys need to thrive are changing, too. 
Write.law’s core goal is to help attorneys see real results in their legal writing and other practice skill. We spent years studying and compiling science-backed and effective legal writing techniques used by the world’s best lawyers. Then we built courses and workshops using the latest educational science so that lawyers can become better legal writers step-by-step.

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