The Winning Brief (in 10 parts)

The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts - Self-Paced Online Seminars - LawProse

Bryan A. Garner teaches all 100 tips over 10 hourlong sessions. He’ll help you become dramatically more clear, concise, and persuasive. These online seminars will change the way you approach your motions and briefs—and any other writing projects you have. Enhance your persuasiveness with this step-by-step ten-part series.

Manage Your Writing (Part 1)

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Learn how to break through the frustration of starting a writing project: plan and tackle bite-sized portions. Writer’s block is not something you can afford.

Prepare the Most Important Part of a Brief (Part 2)

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Start strong and fresh. Catch the reader in the first 90 seconds. Avoid the typical slow starts and cumbersome issue statements that lawyers are known for—yet judges hate.

Write Sound Paragraphs (Part 3)

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Make your writing march forward steadily. Compose sleek, readable paragraphs that never get bogged down in heavy phrases, empty formalisms, or chaff.

Write Readable Sentences (Part 4)

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Heighten cogency. Avoid throat-clearers, filler phrases, unwieldy wording, and other mistakes that kill the logical flow and clarity of your arguments.

Master the Art of Phrasing (Part 5)

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Turn boring and mundane prose into fresh, distinctive, and precise language. No more gray writing. Focus the reader’s attention with lively sentences.

Master Punctuation and Design (Part 6)

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Major missteps and confusion stem from improper punctuation. Insignificant? Not to judges who are influenced by the degree of the brief-writer’s attention to detail.

Attain a Compelling Voice and Tone (Part 7)

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Learn how to sound sensible, rational, and trustworthy. No rambo tone, no ad hominem attacks-only persuasive fairness.

Maximize Credibility (Part 8)

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Sidestep the 12 common quirks that undermine credibility. Instead, adopt strategies that enhance it. Use psychological techniques to improve “hedonic tone.”

Learn the Secrets of Persuasion (Part 9)

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Learn seven little-used techniques that make your positions hard to counter. Avoid quagmire arguments and learn to spot them.

Hit Your Stride as a Brief-Writer (Part 10)

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High-quality work is a habit. With time and dedication—and some concluding advice—you’ll acquire the necessary know-how.

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Want more focused training on specific legal-writing skills? Professor Bryan Garner has created over 40 hours here for you. Learn the skills of legal writing and take the mystery out of the art.

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