Training

Learning Legal Writing From the Luminaries

David Weinzweig teaches a popular and entertaining seminar named Learning Legal Writing From the Luminaries, which is designed to improve the legal writing and persuasive skills of attorneys in litigation and appellate practice. He has taught the seminar to several hundred attorneys in Arizona and is available to teach across the United States. David provides helpful written materials for attendees to take home. Depending upon your needs, the seminar lasts anywhere from one hour to four hours. A description of the class:

“With help from author Stephen King, Chief Justice John Roberts, and other luminaries, this seminar tackles the art of persuasive legal writing. An effective advocate understands the singular importance of his or her audience—state and federal judges. The persuasive advocate thus aspires to craft and present an argument and narrative that resonates with the tribunal. This seminar explores various points and skills that bear upon and account for persuasive legal writing. It includes segments on impactful introductions, how to arrest the lazy eye, why less is far more, word selection, tricks to omit surplus and trim fat, judicial disdain for string citations and block quotes, visual means of persuasion, compelling narratives, and much more.”

Employment Discrimination:
What Employers Need to Know and Do

The workplace is rife with potential for employment discrimination claims. Every day, employers make sensitive decisions about hiring, promoting, paying, disciplining, training and terminating employees. EEO litigation arises in countless contexts, from stray remarks in a performance evaluation to system-wide deficiencies in an organization’s policies or procedures.

In this practical seminar, Rob Ellman teaches executives and managers how to recognize and avoid problems that frequently lead to employment discrimination claims. Responsible managers can minimize an organization’s exposure to costly damage awards only if they understand what the law requires and how their employment-related decisions are perceived by their employees. Rob draws on his experience as a manager, litigator, and legal adviser to explain how discrimination claims arise despite good intentions and fair treatment. He covers the critical features of HR policies and practices used to withstand employment discrimination litigation without stripping management of its ability to make decisive merits-based decisions. And he teaches how to maximize the chances of successfully defusing or defending employment discrimination claims when they do arise.