Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM MST
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Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP 
370 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202

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Bo Donegan 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

You don't want to miss the final installment of New Lawyers Writing Workshop 3-part Series!
Part 3: Common Misunderstandings 

 1 hour CLE applied for

Presented by:

Michael Blasie, Esq., Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP
Marilyn S. Chappell, Esq., Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC
Erica Weston, Esq., University of Colorado 

 CDLA Members Only Please 

The third of three writing workshops with instruction and individual/group feedback on practice writing exercises. The workshop will focus on identifying and strategies for avoiding common misunderstandings in your legal writing including:  


Session 5: Common Misunderstandings


a.  Repetition of Substance

i.  Inherent repetition in a brief's structure
ii.  Using repetition to solve structural confusion
iii.  Perseverance does not work
iv.  Repetition for the sake of repetition

b.  Repetition of Phrasing

i.  Types of repetitive phrases
ii.  Using repetition to make a point

B.  Adverbs/Adjectives

a.  Improper uses
b.  How to use effectively

C.Active/Passive Voice

a.  What is active voice? Passive voice?
b.  How to spot them
c.  Choosing between them

i.  Irrelevant/obvious actors
ii.  Emphasizing the recipient of actions

D.  Reply Briefs

a.  Streamline the case
b.  Respond to what matters
c.  Distinguish the other sides authority quickly
d.  Add value/don't repeat yourself