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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2016 (Free)

Released on: Mar. 8, 2016
Running Time: 03:28:40

This program will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals effective writing techniques to assist pro bono clients with a variety of legal issues.  Learn the tools to draft concise complaints, declarations and briefs to help your pro bono clients assert their legal rights and win their cases!

You will learn:

  • Drafting Effective Briefs
  • Preparing Witness Declarations
  • Crafting Complaints

All attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from this program.


Lecture Topics [Total time 03:28:40]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.


  • Program Overview and Introductions* [00:01:54]
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • The Good Brief [01:23:05]
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Complaint Drafting [01:03:31]
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Effective Declarations [01:00:10]
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin

Presentation Material


  • Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2016 Complete Course Materials
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 1. Exercise A – Introductory Re-Drafting Writing Exercises
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 2. Exercise B - Motion Scheduling Exercise
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 3. Order, Zachary Belli v. Hedden Enterprises, Inc., United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (2012)
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 4. Excerpt on Acronyms
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 5. Effective Written Advocacy PowerPoint Slides
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Effective Written Advocacy PowerPoint Slides with Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Introductory Re-Drafting Writing Exercises - Model Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 6. Exercise C – Mold and Cold at the Gateway Arms Hypothetical
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 7. Exercise D - Conceiving the Complaint Exercise
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 8. Complaint Drafting PowerPoint Slides
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Complaint Drafting PowerPoint Slides with Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Model Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief - Model Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 9. Exercise E – Effective Declarations Re-Drafting Exercise
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • 10. Effective Declarations PowerPoint Slides
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Effective Declarations PowerPoint Slides with Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
  • Effective Declarations Re-Drafting Exercise - Model Answers
    Robert P. Capistrano, Jocelyn Larkin
Co-Chair(s)
Robert P. Capistrano ~ Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Jocelyn Larkin ~ Executive Director, The Impact Fund
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