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Presenter: Shelly Bibb DeAdder

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT (with a 30 min break)

Legal Writing for Paralegals

   Legal terminology

   Drafting legal documents: correspondence, research memoranda, basic pleadings, and briefs

   The rhetorical triangle — audience, purpose, and persona

      - Using samples

      - Crafting a compelling narrative

   Structuring a legal analysis — CRAC and beyond

   Legal citation skills

   Editing and proofreading — ensuring credibility

Ethical Issues in Legal Writing

   Preventing plagiarism

   The limits of advocacy

      - Candor to the court

      - Avoiding hyperbole

      - Treating adversaries with respect

Legal Writing Case Study

   Faculty will use a legal writing case study to guide students through the legal writing process

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the date of the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar system requirements:

Operating System:
Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) - 10.12 (Sierra)

Web Browser:
Chrome v34+, Firefox v34+, Internet Explorer 8+, Microsoft Edge v12+, Safari v6+

Internet connection:                   Hardware:
Minimum of 1Mbps                       2GB RAM or more

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

NFPA– 4.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour

NALA– Pending

California Paralegals– 4.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour

Florida Paralegals– 4.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour

Montana Paralegals– 4.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour

New Mexico Paralegals– CLE Approval Pending

North Carolina Paralegals– 4.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour

Texas Paralegals– 4.0 CLE hours in the specialty areas of Bankruptcy Law, Civil Trial Law,
Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Trial Law

Continuing Education Credit Information

Each webinar offers 4.0 CLE hours, including one ethics hour to certified and uncertified paralegals. They have been approved by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, the Montana Commission on CLE, and the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification. The Texas Board of Paralegal Certification has approved each webinar for 4.0 CLE hours in the specialty areas of Bankruptcy Law, Civil Trial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, and Personal Injury Trial Law. These webinars will quality for paralegal CLE credit in California and Florida.

HalfMoon Education has applied for course approval from the National Association of Legal Assistants and the State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division, which are pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.orgfor the most current status of these credits.


Shelly Bibb DeAdder

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at North Carolina Central University School of Law
Professor DeAdder received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She then moved to Alexandria, Virginia, and worked as a paralegal in Washington, D.C. until 2005 when she returned to North Carolina to attend law school. Professor DeAdder graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU Law) in 2008. After law school, Professor DeAdder served as a law clerk for Judge Robert C. Hunter at the North Carolina Court of Appeals from August 2008 to May 2012. From May 2012 to August 2014, she was employed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the nonpartisan Research Division. Professor DeAdder has been teaching full time at NCCU Law since August 2014. She teaches Legal Reasoning and Analysis, Legal Research and Persuasion, Judicial Opinion Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Senior Writing. She is a member of the North Carolina Appellate Defender Roster, representing indigent clients on appeal. Professor DeAdder also drafts the opinions of the Cherokee Supreme Court on a contract basis.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $200.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $200.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.