Photos: Legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, July 30-31 2014

At the legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, July 30-31 2014.

Chinua Asuzu teaching participants at the legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House, Sheraton, Lagos, July 30-31.

Chinua Asuzu with participants at the legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House, Sheraton, Lagos, July 30-31.

At the legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, recently.

At the legal-writing workshop organized by The Write House at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, recently.

The July 30-31 2014 legal-writing workshop in session.

The July 30-31 2014 legal-writing workshop in session.

One of the legal-writing workshop participants making a presentation.

One of the legal-writing workshop participants making a presentation.

A participant making a presentation at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos.

A participant making a presentation at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos.

One of the workshop participants making her presentation.

One of the workshop participants making her presentation.

Another participant making his presentation at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton. Lagos.

Another participant making his presentation at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton. Lagos.

Chinua Asuzu guides one of the several groups of participants at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos.

Chinua Asuzu guides one of the several groups of participants at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos.

Another group of participants working on their tasks at the legal-writing workshop.

Another group of participants working on their tasks at the legal-writing workshop.

Olayinka Idowu, an Ogun State Magistrate engaging Chinua Asuzu during an interactive session at the legal-writing workshop.

Olayinka Idowu, an Ogun State Magistrate engaging Chinua Asuzu during an interactive session at the legal-writing workshop.

At The Write House career-enhancing  workshop, participants focus on the big picture.

At The Write House career-enhancing workshop, participants focus on the big picture.

Chinua Asuzu, The Write House CEO, seeming to say: Enter 'The Write House.'

Chinua Asuzu, The Write House CEO, seeming to say: Enter ‘The Write House.’

Chinua Asuzu, The Write House CEO, with Cyril Ogbekene. Ogbekene is a  major supporter of The Write House and an early mentor of its CEO.

Chinua Asuzu, The Write House CEO, with Cyril Ogbekene. Ogbekene is a major supporter of The Write House and an early mentor of its CEO.

Participants at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos, July 30-31 2014.

Participants at the legal-writing workshop, Sheraton, Lagos, July 30-31 2014.

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Legal Writing Workshop, Sheraton Lagos, 29-31 October 2014

The Write House Seminar Duplex HB Oct & Nov 2014 Side 1 Final (1)Your writing skills are your greatest asset in law business…

Sir Francis Bacon said, Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” Good is the most critical and yet the rarest skill in law. Boost your writing skills by taking part in our legal-writing workshops.

Legal Writing Fundamentals is an intensive, highly interactive 3-day workshop, with writing tasks and expert guidance.

Target Participants

1. Advocates
2. Courts and Tribunal Clerks, Registrars, Deputy Registrars, and Officials
3. General Counsel and Heads of Legal Departments
4. In-House Counsel
5. Judges and Justices
6. Judicial Assistants and Clerks
7. Judicial Correspondents and Editors, and Legal Journalists
8. Justice Ministry legal staff
9. Law Officers and lawyers in MDAs
10. Law Reporters
11. Law Teachers
12. Legal personnel in banks, debt recovery agencies, and oil companies
13. Legal personnel in intelligence, law enforcement, prosecutorial, security, and tax enforcement agencies
14. Legal Practitioners
15. Magistrates
16. Paralegals
17. Prosecutors
18. Solicitors

Dates: Wednesday 29-Friday 31 October 2014
Time: 10am-5pm each day
Venue: Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja Lagos
Buffet Lunch at Crockpot Restaurant, Sheraton

Fees:

Before 10 October 2014: N80,000
10-20 October 2014: N90,000
After 20 0ctober 2014: N100,000

Please pay to:
The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank

Scan and email proof of payment so we can assign your work group and task.

Email learnedwriter@gmail.com, info@writehouseng.com
Phone +234 803 341 2508, +234 812 236 3614

Register online.

5 Benefits of legal-writing training you should know by Senator Ihenyen

The Write HouseToday, there is little or nothing a lawyer can do without writing; for judges, absolutely nothing. Writing well is the most critical and yet the rarest skill in law.

In his book, Legal Writing Fundamentals (2014), Chinua Asuzu, the CEO of the Write House and expert in legal writing, puts it this way: “Today’s legal world is writing-biased. Written argument is required at trial and appellate courts. Writing also dominates arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.”

Everyone needs sound training in legal writing. But most lawyers and judges do not think so. Many senior lawyers, particularly, don’t think they need any legal-writing training. At best, they recommend it to their junior colleagues. “Who needs legal-training at this stage!?” one senior lawyer within the premises of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, once remarked dismissively. But do you know that most lawyers who think they write well do not? Carl Felsenfeld, a learned writer, eloquently wrote in a U.S. Business Law Journal, “Lawyers have two common failings. One is that they do not write well, and the other is that they think they do.”

In Nigeria, the foundation for sound legal writing has never been strong. Only a negligible number of Faculties across the country teach it. Most law teachers lack the skills required to train law students–even in the Law School. As a pioneer writer, teacher, and consultant on legal writing in Nigeria, Chinua Asuzu believes that “…this (the lack of legal-writing training) is not a recent deficiency, Nigerian lawyers at all levels (including judges, legal-department heads, partners, professors, and SANs) generally write poorly.”

Well, now you know.

International best practices now require lawyers to prepare legal documents in clear language. It’s high time lawyers embraced open communication with their clients. This enables lay clients, readers, or users easily access legal documents. It’s important that they do. We need to realise that law is not just for lawyers alone. Law is for everyone. And it’s good business to write well. Yes, it’s like dressing smart.

The Write House is committed to filling the writing gap in Nigerian law (I’m proud to be part of that team). As Africa’s frontline team of legal-writing coaches, consultants, experts, mentors, and teachers, our experience has been that lawyers, judges, and legal personnel trained in legal writing benefit immensely, career-wise.

Mainly culled from The Write House Profile, I list 5 of these career-enhancing benefits as follows:

  • Legal writing training enhances your efficiency. For organizations, legal-writing training is sound

    economics. It improves economies of scale by enhancing efficiency and utilization. Fewer hands will complete more

    tasks in fewer hours.

  • It deepens your branding, credibility, employability, and ethos. For both individual attorneys and

    organizations, legal-writing training deepens branding, credibility, employability, and ethos. Good writing is

    directly proportional to good business manners, professional image, and brand differentiation.

  • Legal-writing training helps you write clearly and effectively, commanding respect. Trainees learn to

    prepare legal documents in plain English, dropping the legalese and verbosity that plague much legal writing.

    Refreshingly clear legal writing retains the majesty of legal language and commands the respect of modern readers.

  • It improves your expressive and persuasive skills. Express yourself and persuade effectively. Our

    training boosts trainees’ expressive capacity and persuasive force.

  • It exposes you to international best practices in legal writing. Heads, HR departments, and partners in

    law firms and legal departments should assess writing skills of applicants for legal positions. They cannot

    conduct this assessment unless they themselves are exposed to international best practices in legal writing, as

    taught by The Write House.

  • Participate in one of our legal-writing workshops. It will enhance your career greatly.

    Thank me later!