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Plain English for Lawyers

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Every piece of writing that leaves your hand is an advertisement for you. Most lawyers are aware of that, yet too often, lawyers write texts that contain more words than anyone needs to read; that contain sentences, if not paragraphs, that are unclear; that use words unfamiliar, if not unknown, to those who will read them; and that will put to sleep those who have no choice but to slog through the paper to its end.

Meanwhile, you can earn consistently good scores by writing plainly, whether you write in Ukrainian or in English. The UBA Students League together with NOBLES is holding 4 workshops on Plain English to help you write clearly and concisely. We will talk about principles of Plain English and how it differs from other writing styles. We will address some myths associated with proper writing and discuss advantages of Plain English and its possible shortcomings. At the end of the course we will hold a writing contest, sponsored by NOBLES, with cash prizes for the winners. Professor Christopher Kelley of the University of Arkansas School of Law will help us with our first workshop and the contest.
Participation in the workshops is free and you can register here.

Program:

Workshop 1:

11.02 17:00 – 18.00

Plain English as an Effective Style for Lawyers

Christopher R. Kelley, Associate Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School Of Law

 

Workshop 2:

18.02 17.00 – 18.00

Drafting as a Non-Native Speaker: Practical Advice from a Practicing Lawyer

Roman Shulyar, Partner, NOBLES

 

Workshop 3:

25.02 17.00 – 18.00

Simply Convincing: Writing that Closes Deals

Volodymyr YakubovskyyPartner, NOBLES

 

Workshop 4:

04.03. 17.00

How To: Rules for Good Writing

Katerina Sergeeva, PR Manager, NOBLES

Contest:

After the last workshop we will hold the legal writing in English contest, which will be assessed by the jury comprising Professor Kelley, NOBLES partners and the UBA representatives.  We will circulate the contest assignment and instructions to all registered participants, so please provide a valid email address during registration for the workshops. The authors of the best writing will receive such prizes:

rd place – 3000 UAH

2nd place – 5000 UAH

1st place – 10000 UAH and an internship opportunity at NOBLES.

You are eligible for this contest if you satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You are currently a first- to fifth-year law student in Ukraine;
  2. You are not employed by any law firm.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please address them to Bohdana Subotiak +380996403609
irie@ligauba.org.ua