May 17, 2017 12 p.m. PST | Online Webcast | Tuition Free

In this judicial writing webcast, The National Judicial College will educate participants about techniques to write efficiently and provide tools they can use to improve the effectiveness of written opinions. Research shows that different audiences share common preferences about the organization of judicial opinions, use of language, and placement of information. Addressing those preferences leads to audiences’ greater understanding of opinion content and can enhance parties’ and others’ positive perceptions of the judicial system. Many judges, however, lack the time and resources to repeatedly revise and fine-tune their writing. Accordingly, in this webcast participants will learn about (1) effective overall opinion organization, including headings, summaries, and focused paragraphs; (2) using effective sentence structures for clarity and conciseness; and (3) mapping, outlining and using efficient writing techniques.


After this webcast, the participants will be able to:

  • Outline methods for organizing their opinions;
  • Use effective sentence structures; and
  • Map, outline, and use efficient writing techniques.

Distinguished faculty

This webcast’s faculty is Professor Sophie Sparrow, University of New Hampshire School of Law, who is a nationally recognized innovative leader in legal education.