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Basic Motion Drafting for Paralegals

Motion practice demands both writing skills and teamwork.  To play well on a motion drafting team, it helps to understand the process, know how to focus your research and data-gathering, and how you can make timely, effective contributions to the writing process.  Next time you're asked to help with a motion, don't sit on the bench -- elevate your game using the tips you've learned here.

What we will cover:

  • What motions are and why they matter
  • Five ingredients of a successful motion
  • A checklist for procedural rules
  • How to know good law when you see it
  • How to identify good and bad facts (and what to do with them)
  • How to ask for what you want
  • The power of good proofreading and editing

Your Speaker:

Karin Ciano, a former federal career clerk, once taught legal writing and drafting courses at three law schools, and now presents live and online continuing education courses for bar groups, firms, law schools, and other professional organizations.  Karin has her own firm and practices extensively as an independent freelance lawyer, assisting lawyers and arbitrators with writing projects; she is a co-founder of the Minnesota Freelance Attorney Network, a group dedicated to developing best practices for freelance lawyers.  She also writes the monthly “Legal Writing Notebook” column for Minnesota Lawyer.

April 6, 2016

10:00 - 11:00 Pacific/12:00 Central/1:00 Eastern
1 hour


Paralegal Passport - Free
Paralegal Plus: $69.00
Non-Member:   $89.00

Sponsored by the Organization of Legal Professionals. OLP is a California MCLE Multiple Activity Provider 

CLE Eligible - check with your state
CA CLE 1 hour
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