Effective Legal Writing - A Judicial & Professorial Perspective (1.0 General Participatory Credit)

Published by San Diego County Bar Association


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Learn legal writing techniques through perspectives of three distinguished speakers. Advice from Chief Judge Laura Taylor and Judge Margaret Mann, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, will highlight aspects of legal writing from the vantage point of careers in the federal judiciary and as bankruptcy practitioners. Wendy Garewal, Professor of Legal Writing at USD School of Law, will share effective principles that can help legal advocates gain an edge in writing and, in turn, rise to the occasion for their clients.

Hon. Laura S. Taylor
Judge Taylor has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of California since January 2008. She commenced a seven year term as Chief Judge in October of 2012. In January 2013, Judge Taylor was appointed to a seven year...More
Hon. Margaret M. Mann
Judge Mann was appointed a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of California on April 2, 2010. She chaired the 2016 Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee after serving as the Program Chair on the Executive Committee in 2015. She is...More
Prof. Wendy Garewal
Professor Garewal teaches courses in legal writing and research at the University of San Diego, School of Law.

Professor Garewal received a J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2001. Prior to this, she...More

Originally Published

May 12, 2017

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  • Effective Legal Writing - A Judicial & Professorial Perspective - Video
  • Effective Legal Writing - A Judicial & Professorial Perspective - Paper

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