July 11, 2016 – July 15, 2016 all-day America/New York Timezone
International Student House (ISH) – Ella Burling Hall
1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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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.


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 = $2050
  • 4 days = $1680
  • 3 days = $1290
  • 2 days = $910
  • 1 day = $490

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