CLE Trainings

Writing to Persuade: Giving Judges What They Want

An Intensive Legal Writing CLE Workshop for Attorneys


Date: August 8 – 9, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Berkeley Law, 10 Boalt Hall, Berkeley, California 

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 12 hours MCLE credit (including 1 hour Legal Ethics 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:

Small Class Size: No more than 25 attorney participants in order to enhance class discussion, participation, and personalized feedback.

Workshop Format: The training includes evaluation and critique of excerpts from actual briefs, targeted written exercises on a challenging legal issue, and practical advice for effective revision.

Personalized Feedback: Individual, targeted critique of each participant’s written work is provided.

Berkeley Law Professional Skills Faculty: Two experienced members of the Berkeley Law professional skills faculty are the main presenters. The Honorable Wayne Brazil will discuss effective written advocacy in a lunchtime keynote address.

Workshop fee before July 18, 2014: $1,250

Workshop fee after July 18, 2014: $1,500

Registration closes August 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.

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.


Wayne Brazil

The Hon. Wayne Brazil is a Berkeley Law Professor from Practice who spent 25 years as a magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He will share the judicial perspective in a lunchtime keynote address.