Misstating precedent, raising frivolous arguments and copying and pasting are just a few of the legal writing missteps that can put your license in hot water. And while fairly innocuous "autocorrects" like "sua sponte" to "sea sponge" (five times in one brief) may only lead to public embarrassment - sanctions, suspension, or disbarment are not off the table for some of the bigger violations. Learn how to draft and edit in accordance with the ethical norms that apply to legal writing. Register today!
Learn how to ethically approach adverse authority in your writing.
Clarify your duties when relaying the facts, the law, and the record.
Identify the ethical risks surrounding frivolous arguments and "legal plagiarism."
Explore the ethics of ghostwriting.
The Risks of Poor Research, Poor Analysis, and Under-Preparation
How to Properly Handle Adverse Authority and Build Credibility
Frivolous Arguments - What's Your Duty and Where's the Line?
MARK E. ELLIS is managing partner of Ellis Law Group, LLP. Mr. Ellis is a trial lawyer whose practice embraces civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has tried more than 90 cases to verdict, judgment, or binding arbitration award. Among other areas, his practice embraces legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, ethics violations, and other professional wrongdoing. Mr. Ellis is certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by the California Board of Legal Specializations of the State Bar of California. He is listed under the specialty of legal malpractice defense in the 2010 through 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America. Ellis Law Group, LLP has been listed repeatedly by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top small law firms in Northern California, and it was listed again in 2020 in the area of malpractice defense. Mr. Ellis is licensed to practice in California and Washington, and before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all the Federal District courts of California, as well as several other federal courts throughout the country. He regularly lectures in the areas of ethics and malpractice. Mr. Ellis earned his bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from California Western School of Law.
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