Judicial Writing

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Grand Ballrooms 4 – 6
Convention Level

We all have to write decisions – decisions in which we need to convey an understanding of both the operative facts and the controlling law. The decisions need to be read and understood by a variety of parties, with varying levels of education and comprehension, and have to be persuasive. Achieving an appropriate level of “readability” requires work and practice. Matt Hearn, PhD, an English professor at Lipscomb University, in tandem with Elizabeth Usman, J.D., a professor of law at Belmont University School of Law, will help you polish and refine your writing skills to achieve that elusive goal of a well-written decision.

Matt Hearn, PhD
Professor of English
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Elizabeth Usman, Attorney
Assistant Professor of Law
Belmont University College of Law
Nashville, TN


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