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UH Law Center profs share persuasive writing techniques and Supreme Court insights at Fifth Circuit Bar seminar

Professors Kate Brem, left, Lauren Simpson and Hilary Reed offered techniques for better brief writing at an advocacy seminar.

Oct. 23, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center professors recently conducted a writing workshop and discussed women and diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court at the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit’s 2019 Appellate Advocacy Seminar in New Orleans.

Three Lawyering Skills and Strategies professors shared their expertise in the two-hour writing and editing workshop designed to improve appellate advocacy.

Professors Kate Brem, Hilary Reed and Lauren Simpson led the workshop titled: “Catching the Court’s Eye: Effective Writing and Editing Techniques to Elevate Your Advocacy.” The presentation on Oct. 7 included segments on improving persuasion in every section of the brief, improving editing techniques, and evaluating available artificial intelligence tools to improve legal writing.

Law Center Professor Renee Knake

Law Center Professor Renee Knake

The professors worked with practicing attorneys to dissect persuasion techniques used in briefs currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, discussed editing preferences with judges and practitioners, and shared tools to make the writing process more efficient and effective.

Law Center Professor Renee Knake, Professor of Law, the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, and director of Law Center Outcomes and Assessments, also spoke at the seminar on the subject: “Shortlisted: Women, Diversity and the Supreme Court.”

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