In-Person Seminar Details

Legal Writing & Legal Research: 25 Fast Tips

July 14th, 2021 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm Central Time in Jackson, MS

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A fast-paced look at 25 very practical ways to improve your legal writing & research -- including pointers on making the process faster and less of a chore!

Includes real-world tips on:

  • Making sure you haven't "missed something" in your legal research
  • Avoiding the most common errors that cause legal documents to be misinterpreted
  • Simple puncutation and structural fixes that make your briefs and other writings more "readable"
  • Much, much more!


  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
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    Agenda for Wednesday, the 14th of July 2021

    (Agenda is approximate and tentative)

    8:30am -  10:15am - Legal Research: 1) Review of the cheaper alternatives to Westlawand Lexis, 2) Refresher on constructing more effective Boolean search queries

    10:15am - 10:30am  -  Break

    10:30am - 12:15pm - Legal Research: 1) New ways to make more productive use of secondary sources, 2) How to find expert lawyers who will help you for free, 3) The relative strengths and weaknesses of Westlaw and Lexis

    12:15pm - 1:30pm  -  Lunch Break (on your own)

    1:30pm - 3:00pm - Legal Research: 1) Finding reliable forms online (and in books!), Legal Writing: 1) The most aggravating deficiencies in lawyer writing (according to trial and appellate judges), 2) The Oxford Comma and The Bluebook, 3) General strategies for making your writing more readable

    3:00pm - 3:15pm -  Break

    3:15pm - 4:15pm - Ethics: The surprising ethics complaints that arise from incompetent or complacent legal research and writing