Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity

Event Description


Judge Bacharach will illustrate principles from his recently published book (ABA Press), entitled Legal Writing–A Judge’s Perspective on the Lessons from Science and Rhetoric. The presentation draws on lessons from the field of psycholinguistics, which involves the study of how the human brain processes and stores language. For example, psycholinguistics have studied how quickly or slowly we read particular types of passages, how the human brain filters written language, and how the brain stores certain information for recall and not other information. But the presentation is not an academic foray into science.

Judge Bacharach’s presentation uses these scientific principles to show how attorneys, judges, and law students can improve the clarity and memorability of their legal writing. The book illustrates these lessons with examples from well-known advocates and orators, showing how we can apply the same principles to our own legal writing.


Hon. Robert Bacharach | United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

CLE Credits:

1.25 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 341789


MSBA Member: $10
Non-MSBA Member: $30
Law Student: FREE

Deadline to register: April 1, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Materials: The reading materials will be emailed to you in advance of the event. You must read the designated text prior to attending the course.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Kara Haro

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Friday, April 2, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Live Webinar - Zoom