CLE Programs


Writing to Persuade: Giving Judges What They Want

An Intensive Legal Writing CLE Workshop for Attorneys

Date: January 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law, Berkeley, California 

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UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California


This rigorous training helps practicing attorneys sharpen the substance and style of their written analysis. Participants develop techniques for more comprehensive legal analysis and improve writing style and persuasiveness. This interactive workshop will include dynamic lectures on best practices for legal writing, practical writing exercises, and individualized feedback from legal writing experts. Participants are guaranteed the following:

  • Sharpen the substance and style of your written analysis in a small class setting;
  • Identify ways to clarify and strengthen your persuasive tone;
  • Learn strategies to convince trial court judges of the power of your argument.

Small Class Size: 
No more than 35 attorney participants in order to enhance class discussion, participation, and opportunities for feedback on in-class writing.

Berkeley Law Professional Skills Faculty: Two experienced members of the Berkeley Law professional skills faculty are the main presenters.


Early bird (before December 19, 2014): $649

Regular fee (on and after December 19, 2014): $749

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Faculty Bios

Sarah Laubach

Sarah Laubach has taught in the Professional Skills Program at Berkeley Law since 2008. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Research & Writing at Georgetown University Law Center from 2011-2012. Prior to teaching, Sarah served as a judicial law clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit and then practiced plaintiff-side civil rights litigation.

Patricia Plunkett Hurley

Patricia Plunkett Hurley is the 2013 recipient of Berkeley Law’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. Patricia has taught in the Professional Skills Program at Berkeley Law since 1999. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit, where she worked in the motions unit and the civil and criminal research units.