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9th Biannual Forum on Plain English

February 29, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Our one-day forum will address the following topic:
"How Laws Can Help and Hurt Plain Language in Legal Documents"


Keynote speker Michael BlasieProfessor Michael Blasie is the nation’s foremost expert on plain language laws and an Assistant Professor at Seattle University Law School. He served as a keynote speaker at the 2023 international plain language conference. He authored United States Plain Language Laws, the first book to analyze all US plain language laws. Professor Blasie is a nationally and internationally recognized legal writing expert. As a National Judicial College writing instructor, he teaches judges. He presents internationally, including in Argentina, India, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. He graduated from Hamilton College and NYU Law School, practiced law for ten years, and served as a law clerk for Judge David Richman.

To register, go to Forum Registration. The link to the webinar will be sent via email. For more information, contact us at


10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

1:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Forum and Session I

Session I. How Laws Can Help and Hurt Plain Language in Legal Documents (Professor Michael Blasie, Seattle University Law School)


Lunch time

Introduction to Session II

Session II. Essential Plain Language Skills (Dr. Natalia Matveeva, Professor, Corporate Communication, UHD)

Q&A; Closing Remarks and Evaluations

Forum Organizer:
Natalia Matveeva, The Institute for Plain English Research and Study (IPERS)

Contact Information:
For questions or comments, email us at or call (713) 222-5371.

Sponsors and Contributors:
This program is made possible in part by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Arts and Communication, and the Institute for Plain English Research and Study at UHD.