*Nebraska MCLE #131664. *Iowa MCLE #248098. 6 CLE hours. (Regular/live)
*Nebraska MCLE #131765. Iowa MCLE #248205. 6 CLE hours. (Distance learning credit)
*Only 5 distance learning CLE hours may be claimed per year for Nebraska.*
$270 - NSBA dues-paying member (25% discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
$360 - Regular registration
$10 - Law student
Whether you’re writing for a court, a client, or another attorney, two rules always apply:
1. The customer is always right.
2. The customer is not you.
In other words, if your reader doesn’t “get” what you’ve written, you’ve failed as a writer. And the price for such failure is often high.
This program will help you learn to see your writing as the reader will see it. You will gain valuable insight into how written English works. And by learning what all readers have in common, you will acquire new tools to make your writing more convincing, understandable and effective. The following topics will be covered:
• How legal writing is both different from and similar to other kinds of writing.
• How different kinds of words affect readers differently.
• Which words readers “see” and which they don’t.
• How clarity helps persuade.
• How to shorten sentences without losing content.
• What readers look for when they read.
• How readers decode what you write.
• What gets lost between the words in your head and the words on your page.
• What causes readers to misunderstand and/or lose interest.
• How to diagnose and correct your writing problems.
Professor Ron Hofer is a Distinguished Professor at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, the first in the NJC’s history. Professor Hofer has taught at the NJC since 1994, and he received the NJC’s V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. Professor Hofer also taught various writing and appellate law classes at Marquette University Law School for 21 years. Prior to law school, he taught writing and literature courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Professor Hofer has taught writing to judges and lawyers in more than 35 states, as well as in the Ukraine, Guam, the Czech Republic, Jamaica, Russia and the Federated States of Micronesia. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Marquette, and an M.A. in English and linguistics from the University of Virginia, where he was a Danforth Fellow