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Writing and the Law: Workshops on Real World Genres
October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In this workshop, legal scholar Simon Stern will provide a window onto the practice of law by comparing professional legal writing to other types of writing. Unlike creative and many other forms of professional writing, genres such as the legal memo or judgement typically begin with the conclusion and then recapitulate the path to the conclusion. What would count a spoiler in other genres counts as a virtue in legal writing. Professor Stern will show how the strategies of legal writing reflect the values and needs of the profession.
Simon Stern teaches law and English at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles and book chapters on legal fictions, obscenity law, and early conceptions of criminal fraud.
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This workshop is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Science and University College.