June 5, 2017 – June 9, 2017 all-day America/New York Timezone
International Student House (ISH) – Ella Burling Hall
1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Did you hear about the recent case in Maine where there was a dispute between a company and its truck drivers about the interpretation of guidelines regarding overtime pay? The punchline: the company lost the case and now has to pay millions of dollars of overtime to a group of workers because there was a missing comma in the guidelines. That’s one expensive grammatical error.
In our world, we regularly see cases where agencies lose appeals of removals that they shouldn’t have lost, because of mistakes in the way the charges were drafted.
What about a motion for summary judgment that should have been granted because there truly were no disputes of material fact, yet wasn’t granted because of a technicality in how the motion was written? Yep, that happens too.
Legal Writing Week is a writing-based workshop program that focuses specifically on effective legal writing in federal sector employment law cases. We’ll start you off with the fundamentals of good legal writing and then build on those basics with sessions targeted to material organization, persuasive factual narratives, writing for your audience and drafting specific documents for the MSPB and EEOC. Analysis and evaluation of writing exercises allows you to receive immediate feedback from our instructors. Come prepared to write!

Sessions are held daily from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Deborah HopkinsErnest Hadley

Daily Agenda


Legal Writing I — The Basics: Legal writing and citation formats, argumentative approaches, writing from the reader’s perspective, organizational logic, word choice and structure, legal terms and court structure. Workshops: Spin Words, Speed Ball Exercise & Spin an Issue, Putting it All Together


Legal Writing II — Writing for Your Audience: Defining and distinguishing claims, defenses and issues, the factual narrative, identification of material facts, and persuasion. Workshops: Defining Claims, Writing the Agency Factual Statement, Writing the Employee Factual Statement


Legal Writing III — Writing for Your Audience (con’t.): Educating the reader, analyzing the evidence, organizing the arguments, distinguishing cases. Workshops: State the Rule, Writing the Analysis.


Legal Writing IV — Writing for the MSPB and EEOC: Charges and penalties, drafting proposed discipline and decision documents. Workshops: Writing a Notice of Proposed Discipline, Writing a Final Agency Decision.


Legal Writing V — Writing for the MSPB and EEOC (con’t.): Motion practice and summary judgment, MSPB petitions for review and EEOC appeals, deconstruction and critique of final decisions, editing your work. Workshop: Deconstruction of a Final Decision.


Most people attend the full training week, but you may opt out of any days you don’t plan to attend.

  • 5 days = $2070
  • 4 days = $1700
  • 3 days = $1310
  • 2 days = $930
  • 1 day = $510

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