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Learn how to communicate clearly in writing, while being mindful of the relevant ethical rules and obligations.

The ability to communicate clearly in writing is an essential skill for all legal professionals. In a hands-on and interactive ½ day workshop, learn how to refine all of your writing – from email correspondence and pleadings, to memos and reporting letters. You’ll master clear writing principles and obtain practical tips to better communicate and advocate your position, along with strategies to enhance your understanding of your professional obligations.

  • Learn how to use and understand the differences between various types of writing (ie. legal writing, professional writing, email, etc.)
  • Master issues of audience, purpose and tone in documents and emails
  • Apply clear writing principles in such areas as:
    – paragraph structure
    – sentence structure
    – word choice
    – document design
    – large-scale document organization
  • Recognize and appreciate the professional responsibility issues related to writing, including the Rules of Professional Conduct relating to confidentiality and to conflicts of interest

Due to the nature of the workshop, space is strictly limited. Register today!


  • Erika J. Abner, LLB, LLM, PhD, Educational Consultant
  • Shelley Kierstead, Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


Fees include attendance, program materials, and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alison Hurst at ahurst@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

December 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$395 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals at all levels of experience and practice areas
  • In-house counsel
  • Sole practitioners
  • Crown attorneys
  • Criminal defence lawyers
  • Government counsel
  • Articling students

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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