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Write to be Heard Series: Building Better Briefs

Building Better Briefs in Trial and Appellate Courts


Briefing demands clear, concise communication. Panelists share perspectives on practices that promote focused, effective writing for trial and appellate briefs. See how providing context and structure can make it easier for readers to process information. Learn the importance of a "roadmap" and how it can lend structure and context. Presenters walk through the essential steps in the drafting process, identify ways to improve readability, and offer practical tips for honing editing skills.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Recognize things that get in the way of effective brief writing.
  • Hear strategies for getting to know your audience and meeting the crucial needs of judicial readers.
  • Learn ways to deliver greater clarity and improve reader comprehension.
  • Understand the importance of creating structure and context, and learn how to create a roadmap for readers by using headings and subheadings.
  • Learn tips for assessing the working draft and enhancing readability.
  • Understand how to edit effectively.


CLE Eligibility

If you are unsure if this program has been approved in your state or have any questions about self-reporting, please click on the CLE icon to find out more or  contact us before taking the time to purchase and complete this program!


  • AIC and Scribes Members: $30 
  • AIC Alumni: $30 (ask for a code!)
  • Non-members: $45