Judges need to write in a clear, precise, and unambiguous manner that can be easily understood by those who read judicial documents. The goal of this course is to assist the writer to achieve such a style with sharp judicial writing skills. This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise.
This course will be held at The Army and Navy Club, easily accessible by Metro red, orange, blue, and silver lines. There is no designated hotel for this program; participants are welcome to stay at any property in the greater Washington, D.C. area. For a list of area hotels offering a government rate, try fedtravel.com. NJC has secured a special rate of $269/night (plus tax) at the Washington Plaza Hotel. To access this special rate, please click here.
What will I learn?
During this course, you will learn to:
- Analyze a wide range of argument patterns.
- Identify multiple aims and audiences of judicial writing.
- Deconstruct complex legal sentences.
- Recognize and improve sentence patterns associated with issues, statements, findings of fact, and legal conclusions.
- Apply principles of style.
Who should attend?
Any judge or court-affiliated staff person with extensive writing duties who has previously attended Judicial Writing or other one-week state or national judicial writing program approved by The National Judicial College. This course will extend skills developed in Judicial Writing.
Who are the members of the faculty?
This course is team-taught by Elizabeth A. Francis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno and Hon. Karen Hunt, Judge (Retired), Superior Court, Anchorage, Alaska.
How is this course taught?
This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise. You will bring at least two substantial writing projects with you to perfect during the week.
What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
By improving your writing ability, you will enhance both your productivity and efficiency. You will also be able to share many of the concepts and techniques learned through the course with your colleagues.
Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or email@example.com.
This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.