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Effective Legal Writing: Telling Your Story Part I

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Effective Legal Writing: Telling Your Story Part I

Is your legal writing organized,
interesting, and, ideally, compelling? In part one of our Effective Legal
Writing series, Frederick “Rick” Alimonti takes on various aspects of legal
writing from basics such as organization, to weaving an effective story,
creating a plot, building tension, and harkening back to basic principles of
logic/“logos,” ethics/”ethos” and passion/”pathos.”

He will discuss the “hierarchy of
authority” in building your argument and how you can best deal with adverse
authority.  This course will aim to help
make your writing more user-friendly and compelling.

Transcript

All right. Well. Good morning. My name is Rick Alimonti. Technically Frederick Alimonti. And it's my pleasure to be with all of you this morning. By way of background, I've been about 30 years of practicing law, and in that year and those years of practicing law. The last 12 of them have also been practicing as a mediator, first through the auspices of being on the mediation panel for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, where I remain an active panelist, and also having a private mediation practice. And this brings a little different perspective, and there may be a little time at the end if I find that I'm running out of things to say at the end of my presentation in terms of covering the slides, I'll talk a little bit in this presentation and in the second hour about about mediation, advocacy and mediation submissions, because they are a different species from everything that we will be discussing here this morning, because this morning our focus will be on more litigation related legal writing. Um, so to start off and also my other hobby and is I am an author, I write fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children. I'm certainly not a bestselling author, but I think I have learned a lot about storytelling. I've written stories, I've written screenplays, and this gives me a somewhat different perspective as well. And a lot of what we are talking about today, as you can tell by the title, is telling your Story.

Presenter(s)

FAJ
Frederick Alimonti, JD
Founder and Attorney
Alimonti Law Offices PC

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