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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers Package

A New Year's Resolution for Minnesota Lawyers: "Become a Better Writer"
Looks like we’ll all be working from home for a while yet. You can be even better at it. At a time when actual in-person encounters have largely disappeared from your schedule, writing clearly and productively – letting your written words do their best work for you – may be more essential than ever. So why not use some of that hunkered-down time to sharpen your legal-writing skills? Join Minnesota CLE and nationally known writing coach and trainer Rick Horowitz for “More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers.”  

This package consists of two lively and practical workshops – one focusing on the fundamentals and one that drills down on the details. You will be reintroduced you to your legal-writing toolbox, including a few tools you didn't know were in there. You'll also get a fresh look at some of the assumptions and habits that often lead lawyers down less-than-productive writing paths. Briefs, memos, client letters, even daily correspondence benefit from your deeper understanding of what goes into successful writing, so we’ll examine good and not-so-good writing to see what worked, what didn't, and why. 

  • What should you include, and what can you leave out?
  • What’s the most effective structure for this document, and this audience?
  • Should you use an outline? Are there better options?
  • Are there ways to overcome “blank-screen panic?”
  • Could your brief be a little more...brief? 
  • And do you really need all that legalese?

Rick has crafted these programs to take best advantage of Zoom’s interactive features. And as you can see from the comments below, he’s managed to retain much of the give-and-take, back-and-forth energy that has made his in-person sessions so popular. You’re sure to come away with new skills, new strategies, and new confidence.

  • "The best online learning experience I’ve ever had."
  • “Wonderful. Mr. Horowitz made the experience feel like we were in a live classroom setting.”
  • “Rick was fabulous! He was clear, concise, and entertaining. Who knew that this ‘More Effective Writing’ class would be both effective and enjoyable?”
  • “I would highly recommend this webcast to my associates no matter what area of practice, no matter the background or number of years’ experience; there are really great tips for all of us here.”
  • “More interactive than most in-person CLE’s.”
  • “Really great experience. Many thanks for a great class in this new virtual world.”

So mark your calendars, and sign up now!

Rick Horowitz is the founder and Wordsmith in Chief of Prime Prose, LLC, offering writing, editing, and coaching services to institutions and organizations across the country. A graduate of Brandeis University and N.Y.U. School of Law, Horowitz worked for a Washington law firm, specializing in communications law, and as a legislative assistant to a member of the congressional leadership.

He went on to become a nationally syndicated columnist, winning two National Headliner Awards; and a commentator for Milwaukee Public Television, where he received eight Regional Emmy Award nominations and two actual statuettes. Rick’s latest project: trying to get lawyers to write more like…actual humans, at least some of the time. Attorneys coast to coast have found his “More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers” workshops a valuable – and entertaining – learning experience.

Times listed are Central Time.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers: Focusing on the Fundamentals

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • When Lawyers Write: What Can Go Wrong?
    Take a brief tour of the various ways legal writing can come up short (or long, or confusing, or...) and the writing habits and assumptions that lead so many lawyers astray. 
  • So Here’s the Situation...” The Writing You Do Before You Start Writing
    Understand that some of your most important legal writing happens before your fingers ever hit the keyboard. And why would you think that a one-size-fits-all approach to your writing best serves you, your clients, or your varied target audience(s)?
  • Demystifying the Process: Four Essential Questions, and Two Key Factors
    Let’s keep it simple, OK? Learn how to streamline your writing process by focusing first on a small number of manageable elements, and see how those elements can help guide you through many of your most critical writing and editing decisions.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • “What’s In? What’s Out?” Complete v. Concise
    It may be the ultimate balancing act in legal writing: “How much is enough? How much is too much?” We’ll share strategies for fighting off the urge to include everything, and we’ll weigh the benefits ¬– and occasional dangers – of leaving things out.
  • A Few More Words About Getting Started: Different Strokes for Different Folks
    Do you suffer from Blank Screen Panic? You’re not alone. Getting those first words onto the screen is a daunting prospect for many lawyers. Find out if your typical way of getting started is actually the best approach for the way you write, and for any particular assignment. We’ll explore some alternatives that may be a better fit.

– Rick Horowitz; Prime Prose, LLC

Thursday, February 25, 2021
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers: Drilling Down on the Details

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • “Where Do I Put It?” Help Them Early – and Often
    People are busy. Other people don’t always know the subject matter as well as you do. Effective legal writing is more than just including all the relevant information and arguments. Organizing that information, and guiding your readers through it, can be every bit as vital. We’ll talk tips – and pitfalls.
  • “How Do I Say It?” Going for Clarity
    Most of the time, you want most of the people reading your stuff to actually understand what you’re telling them! (“Legalese” isn’t the only thing that stands in the way, although it’s certainly a factor.) How can your decisions about word choice, sentence length, even page design, make or break your document? And can vagueness ever be a virtue? We’ll consider the possibilities.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

  • “How Do I Say It?” Going for Brevity
    Page limits and word limits are just two of the reasons you’ll want to make your legal writing more concise; there are plenty of others. What are some of the best ways to tighten, and add power to, your writing?
  • “How Does It Come Across?” Your Tone, Your Voice
    There’s a reason people tell lawyer jokes. “You sound just like a lawyer!” is rarely meant as a compliment. Connecting with readers on a gut level is an often overlooked – but often essential – part of effective legal writing. We’ll examine some of the factors that can help you make that vital connection.

– Rick Horowitz; Prime Prose, LLC


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Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or

This package provides 6.0 total CLE credits. Credits should be reported individually for each webcast attended, not the package as a whole.

Minnesota CLE has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for the standard, ethics, and elimination of bias CLE credits as listed below. Application has been made to the Minnesota State Bar Association for any "specialist" credits and to the Supreme Court ADR Program for any continuing education in ADR credits.

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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers: Focusing on the Fundamentals
3.0 standard CLE credits

More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers: Drilling Down on the Details
3.0 standard CLE credits