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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy

Thursday March 07

  • By: PLI
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    PLI Conference Center & Via Live Webcast
    685 Market Street, Suite 100
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute
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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy

March 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
PLI San Francisco Conference Center & Via Live Webcast

Why You Should Attend
This program will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals effective writing techniques to assist pro bono clients with a variety of legal issues. Learn the tools to draft concise complaints, declarations and briefs to help your pro bono clients assert their legal rights and win their cases!

What You Will Learn
• Drafting Effective Briefs
• Preparing Witness Declarations
• Crafting Complaints

Who Should Attend
All attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program. ?

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Program Schedule

Program Overview and Introductions
Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin

The Good Brief
This segment emphasizes the importance of drafting well written points and authorities, the key elements of a good brief, and the steps for actually getting it done.
Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin

Complaint Drafting
This segment addresses the several purposes of the complaint or petition, and ways to accomplish these while following the technical rules of pleading. You will learn the art and science of complaint drafting and the glories and the pitfalls of the Code of Civil Procedure.
Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin

Networking Break

Effective Declarations
This segment focuses on making your points in the declarant's own language, avoiding common evidentiary problems, and developing a persuasive factual narrative.
Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin



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