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Legal Writing: Writing Sentences that Persuade

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: March 31, 2021
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  • Write for the reader -the reader is always correct.
  • Chose unambiguous words.
  • Break down rules into analyzable elements.
  • Include the outcome determinative facts in the same sentence as the element of the rule it proves.
  • The Fact proves the Law is active voice; the Law is proven by the Fact is passive voice.
  • Use Citations to persuade the reader.
  • Never waste an opportunity to persuade. Every sentence should be able to stand alone without relying on the surrounding text.
  • Good writing is easy for the reader to digest.
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: March 31, 2021


Legal writing is an attorney's greatest tool of persuasion. This interactive program will teach you how to write and persuade the reader.

This program was recorded on March 31st, 2021.

Provided By

American Bar Association
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Elizabeth Henslee, JD, MLIS

Staff Attorney
Fifth District Court of Appeal, State of Florida

Elizabeth Henslee is a Staff Attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Florida.

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Professor William Henslee, JD, MFA

Professor of Law
Florida A&M University

Professor Henslee is founding faculty member. He came to the College of Law from Pepperdine University, where he taught for 12 years. Winner of the Clark Award for Creative Writing, Professor Henslee is the author or editor of seven books. He teaches a range of courses, including copyright, trademarks and unfair competition, sports and entertainment law. Professor Henslee holds a M.F.A. in film from U.C.L.A., a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, and a B.A. in English from the University of Hawaii.

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