This program provides tips and examples for more effective written communication. Plainly and briefly describe want done. Not one person should have to read something more than once in order to determine the intent of your communication. Start with a subject line that grabs the readers attention.


  • Discover how to get the reader’s attention with the subject line and salutation.

  • Formulate the most important information in the first paragraph.

  • Examine ways to structure your writing to account for skimming.

  • Identify how to make your sentences more readable, while also streamlining your writing.

Susan Wagner has practiced law for more than 30 years, focusing on business litigation and appeals. As Baker Donelson’s Director of Professional Development, she is responsible for attorney training, mentoring and evaluations, and she personally conducts the firm’s writing workshops and coaching programs. She has also taught litigation drafting as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law.

This Program is worth one hour of credit in:

CLM App Management Category : Writing Skills

CLM Recertification Credit: Yes

California MCLE: Law Practice Management

MCLE/Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.

Seminar Information
Date Presented:
January 05, 2017 3:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
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Writing for the Too-Busy, Too-Distracted Reader
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Association of Legal Administrators
CLMSM Recertification Credit: 1.00
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ALA Member Price:$109.00
Non-Member Price:$129.00