Effective Legal Writing Workshop | The American Association For Justice

Effective Legal Writing Workshop

April 12, 2018 to April 13, 2018
Program Information:

at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP | New York City, NY

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the Seminar:

Legal writing is an essential, yet frequently overlooked, skill for every trial attorney. Pretrial motions set the tone and can even make or break your case, which is why it is so important to capture the attention of your judge right from the introductory paragraph of your first brief. At AAJ's Effective Legal Writing Workshop, you will learn how to understand and sympathize with your audience, master a unique writing style, improve your presentation, craft an appealing narrative, and curate the content to keep your reader engaged from beginning to end.  This seminar features a mix of lectures and small group workshops to help you receive maximum individualized attention. Whether you are new to the practice of law or a seasoned attorney, this seminar is sure to teach you practical skills to utilize in your practice immediately.  

Registration Fees:

$745 for AAJ Members | $895 for non-members

If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this program for 50% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college.) Discount not available online--please call 800-622-1791 to register.

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 | education@justice.org


Thursday, April 12

Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:00pm
• Understanding & Sympathizing with your Audience
• The Importance of Style
• Presentation Matters
• The Introduction: The Most Important Three Pages of your Brief

Working Lunch
12:00 - 2:00pm
​Workshop #1: Creating a Narrative

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 5:00pm
• Telling an Effective Story
• Workshop #2: Framing for the Hostile Judge
• Day 1 Wrap Up

Networking Reception
5:00 - 7:00pm

​Friday, April 13

Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 8:30am

Morning Session
8:30am - 12:30pm
• Editing is Essential
• Workshop #3: Crafting a Paragraph
• Workshop #4: The Introduction
• The Finishing Touches

Invited Faculty:

Annika K. Martin

Annika K. Martin has extensive litigation experience in cutting-edge environmental, mass tort, product defect, and consumer protection cases and a demonstrated facility for explaining complex legal matters in simple terms. She has served as a resource for journalists on these and other matters, both on television and for print media. An active member of the legal community, she serves as the co-vice chair of the Class Action Litigation Group and on several committees within the American Association for Justice (AAJ), including Amicus Curiae, Legal Affairs, Publications, Public Education, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Martin is also a working group co-captain for Women En Mass, and a dialogue leader for the Sedona Conference. She also speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, and e-discovery. Ms. Martin generously donates to AAJ PAC. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and Ms. Martin works in their New York, New York office.

Andre M. Mura, course advisor

Andre M. Mura represents plaintiffs in class action and complex litigation concerning consumers’ and workers’ rights, products liability, drug and medical devices, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group, Mr. Mura was senior litigation counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, where he represented plaintiffs in high-stakes appeals and complex litigation in state supreme courts and federal appellate courts. Mr. Mura also authored briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, at both the petition and merits stages, and argued dispositive motions in trial courts nationwide. He is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in class actions and regularly contributes his insights and commentary to the Consumer Law Watch—a blog analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions. Mr. Mura is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and generously donates to AAJ PAC. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Plaintiffs Policy Task Force. He is a former chair of the ABA-TIPS Appellate Advocacy Committee. Mr. Mura is a member of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, former chair of its Young Lawyers Committee, and a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Mura is a partner at Gibbs Law Group, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, which is located in Oakland, CA.

Matthew W. Wessler, course advisor

Matthew W. Wessler focuses on public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate and complex litigation. Mr. Wessler handles high-profile cases at all levels of both state and federal court and has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Outside of the Supreme Court, Mr. Wessler’s practice involves a wide range of areas including class actions, health care, employee benefits, consumer protection, preemption, arbitration, and banking. He was named a 2015 Washington DC Rising Star in appellate litigation and has been profiled by the National Law Journal for his appellate work on behalf of plaintiffs. He routinely speaks in front of audiences across the country, and to the media, on issues affecting plaintiffs’ litigation and public interest law. His cases have been profiled in major media outlets, including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, ReutersBloomberg News, and Mother Jones. Mr. Wessler is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), Civil Rights Section, and Legal Affairs Committee. Mr. Wessler is a principal with Gupta Wessler, located in Washington, DC.


We do not have a hotel block for this program. There are several hotels located within walking distance to Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. We are encouraging our guests to book a room at these hotels.

Arlo SoHo

Arlo SoHo
231 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 342-7000
Reservation: (888) 260-2756

Hotel Hugo SoHo

Hotel Hugo SoHo
525 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 608-4848

SoHo Grand

SoHo Grand
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 965-3000

Your registration includes:
  • Approximately 10 continuing legal education credits, which can be applied towards AAJ’s professional recognition programs
  • Reference materials on a USB drive
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and coffee, as well as lunch
  • Networking Reception
Who should attend:

This is an open program—invite a plaintiff trial lawyer colleague! Non-members may register by calling AAJ Education at (800)622-1791 or (202)965-3500 ext. 8612.

Program Location:

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
250 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  Registered participants can receive 10 CLE* credits depending on the jurisdiction and will be applied to your participation in AAJ’s professional recognition programs. AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading the FAQ calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.

The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received by April 4, 2018 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing April 5-9, 2018 will result in a voucher for the entire registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received within 48 hours of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which may result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation request to the Registrar at 202-625-7084 or education@justice.org.

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Terms and Conditions:

The American Association for Justice reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, refuse entrance to the event and/or remove any individual from the event whose behavior is disruptive and/or is not consistent with the character and purpose of the event. All American Association for Justice badges are the property of the American Association for Justice and must be returned upon request.

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Event Address:
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
250 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
United States

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