Logic and Argumentation for Lawyers

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, August 26, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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Friday, October 29, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 Pending (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Pending (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $159

Information

Why Attend?

Do you reason logically? Can you build a compelling argument? All lawyers have to convince someone of something sometimes whether in contract negotiations or litigation, but some lawyers are more convincing than others. In this cerebral program you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize at least 16 logical fallacies;
  • Construct more compelling arguments;
  • Identify logical flaws in your opponent’s argument, as well as your own;
  • Use categorical, conditional, and disjunctive syllogisms in legal arguments;
  • Boost your confidence in arguing for your client;
  • Build credibility; and
  • Improve the quality of your work.

Featuring Lenné Espenschied, national drafting expert and author of Contract Drafting: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers

This powerful new program will help you develop a practical, working knowledge of the principles of classical logic and argumentation. “Logic” is the study of the principles of sound reasoning; “argumentation” is the process of reasoning systematically to support a proposition. First, you’ll learn to recognize, use, or refuse ten common informal logical fallacies in litigation and in contract negotiations. Next, you’ll learn how to use classical logical syllogisms to construct arguments, and how to identify six formal logical fallacies that undermine your credibility and reduce your chances for success. You’ll be able to use this information to construct more compelling arguments and to enhance your credibility in litigation, in transactional practice, and even in casual conversations.

You’ll learn the following, and more:

  • How principles of classical logic can help you argue more convincingly;
  • 10 informal logical fallacies;
  • The differences between categorical, conditional, and disjunctive syllogisms, and when to use each;
  • How to construct a valid syllogism, with examples from SCOTUS cases;
  • 6 formal logical fallacies, and how to avoid them;
  • When to use deductive reasoning; and
  • When to use inductive reasoning.
 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (August 26) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Logic and Argumentation for Lawyers
4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 29) (Eastern Time)

1:00 Logic and Argumentation for Lawyers
3:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 29) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Logic and Argumentation for Lawyers
4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ms. Lenné Eidson Espenschied / Saint Simons Island, GA

Lenné Eidson Espenschied has earned her status as one of the two most popular contract drafting speakers in the country by continually striving for excellence and providing innovative, practical, skills-based training for transactional lawyers. She practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation of technology-based businesses. She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association:  Contract Drafting:  Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 3d ed. 2019), and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals 2011). After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law magna cum laude, Ms. Espenschied began her legal practice at the firm now known as Eversheds Sutherland; she also served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own law office. As a law professor, Ms. Espenschied taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting.  Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

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