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Persuasive Legal Writing

October 19, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Who Should Attend

Any lawyer who wants to improve their confidence and skill as a writer will benefit from attending this program.

About the Program

The ability to convey meaning through the written word is essential to a lawyer’s primary objective: making the reader – whether it’s a judge, opposing counsel or colleague – understand your position (and ideally adopt it) by capturing and holding their attention. For some lawyers, developing this skill will mean adding a few new techniques that quickly elevate your game, while for others it may mean starting to break ingrained habits that have been holding you back for years. In this webinar, lawyer and law professor Peter Sankoff shares over 20 years of writing and editing experience to help any lawyer take their writing to the next level. Designed with busy practitioners in mind, the program is full of easy-to-implement strategies that will immediately make you a more confident and successful writer. Topics include:

  • proximity over chronology
  • one idea rule
  • creating emphasis
  • excess verbiage
  • equivocal language

The lessons you learn will apply to opinion letters, memoranda, factums and other persuasive documents. Don’t miss this chance to get a little practical guidance to help you along in your writing journey. Materials will include excerpts from Peter’s new book, Professor Sankoff’s Guide to Persuasive Legal Writing.

Meet Your Presenter

Peter Sankoff has worked as an appellate litigator in Edmonton since 2017, and now runs his own law firm Sankoff Criminal Law. He regularly appears at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He has a long and distinguished career as a teacher, researcher and lawyer. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2020 as one of the country’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers. He has spent the past 25 years conducting research and teaching students about the law of evidence, the substantive criminal law, the criminal trial process and the relationship between animals and the law. In 2012 he joined the University of Alberta, where is he is now a full Professor. Peter is a prolific writer and researcher, having written, co-authored or co-edited eight law books and more than fifty articles. His newest book, Professor Sankoff’s Guide to Persuasive Legal Writing, is available on his website at


October 19, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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