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Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity - Parts I and II

May 25, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT

Friday, June 11, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm EST

A 2-Part CLE Series on Legal Writing

Presented by The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section and Business Law Section

The Honorable Robert E. Bacharach, a Judge with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, will discuss some of the key concepts addressed in his recent book, Legal Writing: A Judge's Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word, published by the ABA Press. In the programs, Judge Bacharach will discuss ways to enhance the clarity of our legal writing, focusing on four techniques: (1) creating context before detail; (2) relaxing diction; (3) linking information by putting old information before new information; and (4) conveying information in manageable chunks. Judge Bacharach will draw lessons from studies in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and oratory, and illustrate these techniques with powerful examples of legal writing. The first two techniques are discussed in part I of the series while techniques 3 and 4 are covered in part II.

Be sure to register for both parts of the series to hear the full presentation!

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Number: 4695 and 4687

Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity: Part I

May 25, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00pm (EDT)

In part I of the series, Judge Bacharach will discuss the techniques of:
creating context before detail and;
relaxing diction.

He will draw lessons from studies in linguistics.

Registration Options

$50 APS/BLS Members | $110 Non-Section Members. Price Per Individual Program

Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity: Part II

June 1, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00pm (EDT)

In part II of the series, Judge Bacharach will discuss the techniques of:
linking information by putting old information before new information and;
conveying information in manageable chunks.

He will draw lessons from studies in psycholinguistics and oratory.

Registration Options

$50 APS/BLS Members | $110 Non-Section Members. Price Per Individual Program


Look Out Below! Blunders, Landmines, and the Consequences of Poor Attorney Performance in the Preservation of Record Error

Friday, June 11, 2021 from 2:00 - 5:00pm (EDT)

Presented by The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Criminal Law Section, & Trial Lawyers Section
(in conjunction with The Florida Bar's hybrid Annual Convention)

LIVE at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida or VIRTUALLY via Zoom

This CLE is a call to all Florida lawyers, working cases state and federal, civil and criminal, to pay greater attention to the legal, ethical, and moral consequences of the failure to properly preserve error in records below. From the perspective of Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, along with our host of expert presenters - Bar leaders all - our intention is as much to educate on best practices in error preservation (how to avoid the many mistakes and missteps, common and uncommon, pretrial, trial, and beyond) as it is to infuse in Florida lawyers this university of spirit:

to rededicate ourselves to this often neglected principle of our practice law;
an obligation owed to client and cause;
a reflection of public trust;
a fidelity to our profession and ourselves.

Course Level: Advanced

Course Number: 4379

Registration Options

In-person attendance is facilitated through The Florida Bar's Annual Convention registration.

Please visit The Florida Bar's Annual Convention Registration page and click "In-Person Registration" to register to attend this program in-person at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando & Waldorf Astoria. In-person convention registration is also available in your Florida Bar Member Portal.


The Best Hardware and Software for Your Appellate Practice

Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 12:10 - 1:10pm (EDT)

Have you ever wondered if there was a better, more efficient way to do something? Join the Appellate Practice Section and double board certified (appellate and intellectual property) expert Dineen Wasylik for a discussion of the gadgets and apps that will make your practice easier and you more tech savvy.

Presented by The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section

Dineen Wasylik, founder of Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik, P.A., is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in both intellectual property and appellate practice. She is the only lawyer in the state of Florida to be certified in both of these practice areas. Dineen is a longstanding member of the Appellate Practice Section, and she lends us her skills to help with our social media presence. She is also a frequent contributor to the section's publication, The Record, and hosts her own blog.

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Number: 4919


Practicing Before the First District Court of Appeal

POSTPONED — Tallahassee, Florida

For those that practice before the First District Court of Appeal, this is a must attend seminar. This is a rare opportunity to learn how the court operates. Attendees will learn from judges and experienced practitioners about using technology on appeal, motion practice, brief writing, oral argument, and the decisional process. There will also be presentations on specific areas of the law and trends and recurring issues in those areas.

Registration information to come.