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Legal Writing 101

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: November 03, 2021
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• Print & Online Recourses
        - Using subject headings to find books
        - Finding print resources at your local library
• Writing, Clearly and Concisely for Clients, Courts, and Colleagues
        - Concision - Eliminating clutter from your sentences
        - Clarity - Erasing the burden on your reader
        - Is writing well worth the effort?

Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: November 3, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.
Note: Newly admitted New York attorneys CANNOT take this course for Skills CLE credit as they cannot earn Skills credit via pre-recorded, on-demand formats.


Legal Writing 101 will provide you with tools to write more clearly and concisely and make your communications with clients and courts more effective.

This program was recorded on November 3nd, 2021.

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American Bar Association
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Kathleen D. Narko

Clinical Professor of Law
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Professor Narko teaches Communication and Legal Reasoning. Her focus is teaching legal analysis through the vehicle of writing. She is a frequent presenter at national and regional Legal Writing Institute conferences, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics related to communication and legal analysis.

Her research interests include collaboration and learning theory and integration of analytical communication in law practice. Professor Narko received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. in history, cum laude, from Yale University. Following her undergraduate degree, she attended Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria.

Prior to joining the faculty, Kathleen Dillon Narko practiced with a large law firm concentrating in the areas of commercial litigation and environmental, safety and health law. She was a member of the firm's Hiring Committee for seven years.

Professor Narko worked extensively with corporate clients in all aspects of litigation, including trials and appeals. She was also active in pro bono litigation, including lending discrimination and political asylum matters. She currently consults with law firms, providing training in legal writing. Professor Narko served as a Hearing Officer for the State of Illinois. She conducted hearings and issued several published decisions in the area of special education law.

Professor Narko maintains an active involvement with the practicing bar. She is a prominent member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she currently serves on the Editorial Board of the CBA Record. She authors a regular column on legal writing, Nota Bene, which is widely used by both attorneys and law professors. For several years she has presented a program on Advanced Legal Writing to sold-out audiences of practicing attorneys. She is a past member of the CBA Board of Managers, a current member of the Membership Committee, and a recipient of the David Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center.

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Barbara Bavis

Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian
Law Library of Congress

Barbara Bavis is the Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian for the Law Library of Congress. In this position, she provides legal and legislative research presentations to a wide range of patrons, including congressional staff members, federal government employees, and members of the public.

She also provides legal research services to patrons, both at the reference desk in the Law Library Reading Room and via the Law Library’s Ask a Librarian service.

Barbara holds a B.A. in history from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an M.S.L.S. with a specialization in law librarianship from the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science.

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