The Write Stuff: The Basics of Good Legal Writing


On-Demand Webinar: The Write Stuff: The Basics of Good Legal Writing

75 minutes

Legal writing is essential. This webinar will help you improve your writing skills by providing the building blocks to write concisely and persuasively. This introductory webinar will cover writing in the digital age, dos and don’ts, and common errors to avoid.  

Other topics will cover: 

  • Roadmaps and headings 
  • Plain English 
  • Common typos 
  • Perfect citations  
  • When to string cite 
  • Including the relevant facts   
  • Too many footnotes? 

There will be a Q&A at the end, so bring your legal writing questions.


Members: $75

Non-Members: $100

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NDAA’s mission to serve and support prosecutors and their staff. In consideration of this commitment, NDAA requires that all those in attendance of our programs currently work in or work closely with prosecution: NDAA invites prosecutors, law enforcement officers, investigators, lawyers and paralegals in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact


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Patrick Quinlan

Director of Training

PATRICK QUINLAN is a graduate of Maryland Law School. He served as a Law Clerk to United States District Judges James C. Paine and Daniel T.K. Hurley before joining the State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit in 1994. He later worked as an Assistant County Attorney for Palm Beach County and for fifteen years as a litigator at the West Palm Beach law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley. He returned to the State Attorney’s Office in 2017 as its Director of Training.  Pat has twice received an annual Pro Bono Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. He served as a President and Director with Hope House of the Palm Beaches. The father of a blood cancer survivor, and now a blood cancer survivor himself, Pat frequently speaks at public events on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and he is a past President and current Board member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach County chapter.

Robert Scavone Jr.

Appellate Lawyer

Robert Scavone an appellate lawyer with Florida Appeals. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk at Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before joining Florida Appeals, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

Robert is a member of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee and the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee. He is also a member of the Broward County Bar Association’s board of directors. Robert served on The Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee for 6 years.  

Robert is an adjunct professor at Florida International University College of Law where he teaches Florida Constitution Law. He is the creator and host ofSummarilyA Podcast for Busy Lawyers 

This course was originally recorded on January 31, 2024.

This course is approved for 1 skills credit in Pennsylvania and 1.25 in Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee; 1.5 credits in Virginia; 1.5 Law Practice Management in Kansas. NDAA has applied for CLE credit in Texas based on state requirements and guidelines. All other attorneys seeking self-study CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information.

Upon completion of your on-demand course, you will be required to complete a quiz before accessing a CLE Uniform Certificate of Attendance for the recording. If your state accepts self-study credits, you can submit this certificate directly to your state bar. In states that have pre-approved this course, NDAA will submit attendance.

General questions or additional information regarding CLE credit can be directed to


The Write Stuff: The Basics of Good Legal Writing
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1.25 General credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 General credits  |  Certificate available