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ECBA Seminars
From 8:30 am until 12:30 pm

ECBA Live Seminar

This seminar has been approved by the PA CLE Board for 3.5 hours of substantive law credits.

  • $123 (ECBA members / non-attorney staff)
  • $185 (nonmembers)
  • $86 (member Judge not needing CLE)

Speaker: Terri Mester, Ph.D.
                  Adjunct Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University of Law
                  Cleveland, OH

This workshop is for attorneys who want to write with more efficacy and precision by concentrating on their readers and weeding their prose of distractions.  By precision, we mean unnecessary and inappropriate obfuscations, redundancies, and inappropriate email tone.  By efficacy, we mean writing that has an effect on the real world, like helping a client make an informed choice or simplifying a complicated legal procedure without oversimplifying.

You’ll learn how to:
    •    Humanize and modernize your prose.
    •    Generate ideas with pre-writing techniques.
    •    Revise your sentences for clarity, emphasis, and conciseness.
    •    Use words with precision and power.
    •    Compose reader-centered emails to clients and other lawyers.
    •    Feel far more confident when you sit down to write.

Workshop Format:
We are aware that some professionals shy away from writing training because they think it’s inherently dry and boring.  So we do our best to keep the four hours both pragmatic and exciting by mixing discussion with small group exercises and individual work.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and become actively engaged with their own learning.  Everyone receives a self-study manual that will serve as an aid for continuing professional development.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Registrations are due to the ECBA office no later than August 7, 2013.


Registration Cost: See Registration Form For Details
Location: Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507)
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