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Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
by Ross Guberman

Language

English

Pages

419

Publication Date

March 06, 2014

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With <em>Point Made</em>, legal writing expert, Ross Guberman, throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want.<br /><br />The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers, including Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into specific, learnable techniques, become a detailed writing guide full of practical models. In <em>FCC v. Fox</em>, for example, Kathleen Sullivan conjures the potentially dangerous, unintended consequences of finding for the other side (the "Why Should I Care?" technique). Arguing against allowing the FCC to continue fining broadcasters that let the "F-word" slip out, she highlights the chilling effect these fines have on America's radio and TV stations, "discouraging live programming altogether, with attendant loss to valuable and vibrant programming that has long been part of American culture."<br /><br />Each chapter of <em>Point Made</em> focuses on a typically tough challenge, providing a strategic roadmap and practical tips along with annotated examples of how prominent attorneys have resolved that challenge in varied trial and appellate briefs. Short examples and explanations with engaging titles--"Brass Tacks," "Talk to Yourself," "Russian Doll"--deliver weighty materials with a light tone, making the guidelines easy to remember and apply.<br /><br />In addition to all-new examples from the original 50 advocates, this Second Edition introduces eight new superstar lawyers from Solicitor General Don Verrilli, Deanne Maynard, Larry Robbins, and Lisa Blatt to Joshua Rosencranz, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Judy Clarke, and Sri Srinvasan, now a D.C. Circuit Judge. Ross Guberman also provides provocative new examples from the Affordable Care Act wars, the same-sex marriage fight, and many other recent high-profile cases. Considerably more commentary on the examples is included, along with dozens of style and grammar tips interspersed throughout. Also, for those who seek to improve their advocacy skills and for those who simply need a step-by-step guide to making a good brief better, the book concludes with an all-new set of 50 writing challenges corresponding to the 50 techniques.
Point Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges
by Ross Guberman

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

August 03, 2015

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In <em>Point Taken</em>, Ross Guberman delves into the work of the best judicial opinion-writers and offers a step-by-step method based on practical and provocative examples. Featuring numerous cases and opinions from 34 esteemed judges - from Learned Hand to Antonin Scalia - <em>Point Taken</em>, explores what it takes to turn "great judicial writing" into "great writing".<br /><br />Guberman provides a system for crafting effective and efficient openings to set the stage, covering the pros and cons of whether to resolve legal issues up front and whether to sacrifice taut syllogistic openings in the name of richness and nuance. Guberman offers strategies for pruning clutter, adding background, emphasizing key points, adopting a narrative voice, and guiding the reader through visual cues. The structure and flow of the legal analysis is targeted through a host of techniques for organizing the discussion at the macro level, using headings, marshaling authorities, including or avoiding footnotes, and finessing transitions. Guberman shares his style "Must Haves", a bounty of edits at the word and sentence level that add punch and interest, and that make opinions more vivid, varied, confident, and enjoyable. He also outlines his style "Nice to Haves", metaphors, similes, examples, analogies, allusions, and rhetorical figures. Finally, he addresses the thorny problem of dissents, extracting the best practices for dissents based on facts, doctrine, or policy. The appendix provides a helpful checklist of practice pointers along with biographies of the 34 featured judges.
Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition: A Text with Exerc...
by Bryan A. Garner

Language

English

Pages

286

Publication Date

August 26, 2013

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<div><br /><div>Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s <i>Legal Writing in Plain English</i> has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills.</div><br /><div><br /><br />Accessible and witty, <i>Legal Writing in Plain English</i> draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.</div><br /><div><br /><br /> In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.</div><br /><br /></div>
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken
by The Secret Barrister

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

March 22, 2018

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<p><b>THE <i>SUNDAY TIMES</i> BESTSELLER.</b><br /><b>Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.</b><br /><b>Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.</b><br /><b>Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.</b><b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ <i>Observer</i></b><br /><b>‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ <i>Daily Mail</i></b></p><p>You may not wish to think about it, but one day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or – perhaps through no fault of your own – a defendant. Whatever your role, you’d expect a fair trial.</p><p> I’m a barrister. I work in the criminal justice system, and every day I see how fairness is not guaranteed. Too often the system fails those it is meant to protect. The innocent are wronged and the guilty allowed to walk free.</p><p> I want to share some stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it’s too late.<br /><b></b><br /><b>A <i>SUNDAY TIMES</i> TOP TEN BESTSELLER FOR 24 WEEKS.</b></p>
A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting
by Kenneth A. Adams

Language

English

Pages

584

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><span>With A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Kenneth A. Adams has created a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the inertia and flawed conventional wisdom that perpetuate it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the United States and internationally.</span></p><p></p><p><span>This updated edition contains almost one hundred pages of new material addressing many topics, making it even more authoritative and essential. This manual’s focus remains how to express contract terms in prose that is free of the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and other problems that afflict traditional contract language. With exceptional analysis and an unmatched level of practical detail, Mr. Adams highlights common sources of confusion and recommends clearer and more concise alternatives. This manual is organized to facilitate easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with numerous examples. Consult it to save time in drafting and negotiation and to reduce the risk of dispute.</span></p>
Drafting Contracts in Legal English: Cross-border Agreements Gove...
by , Peter K. Cramer

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 15, 2013

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Written in a deliberate and concise manner, devoid of United States colloquialisms, <b>Drafting Contracts in Legal English: Cross-border Agreements Governed by U.S. Law</b> is designed for classroom use as well as self-study. Teaching a strategic approach and sequential steps to drafting contracts, the text includes examples and exercises based on cross-border agreements such as distribution agreements, licensing, franchises and equipment leases. Special drafting issues in cross-border agreements are also considered: choice of language clauses, choice of forum clauses, indemnification provisions, force majeure clauses, counterpart clauses, international alternative dispute resolution clauses, and the choice to opt in or out of the CISG. </p><p>By providing appropriate explanations of United States law, the text increases student comprehension as suggested drafting approaches are placed in legal context. This unique guide discusses the purpose of and provides drafting tips for contract parts, contract organization and formatting, basic contract provisions, letters of intent, and the craft of reviewing and revising contracts. End-of-chapter exercises test overall comprehension and apply drafting concepts presented in the chapter. To increase the non-native speakers lexical range, vocabulary is derived from a statistical analysis of thousands of authentic contracts.</p><p> To help with contract sentence structures that are challenging for non-native speakers, syntax structures are based on comparison to databases with authentic contracts. A glossary of contract terms is based on frequency counts from thousands of authentic contracts and usage in text, contextualized and cross-referenced with most common collocations.</p>
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
by Mark Herrman

Language

English

Pages

135

Publication Date

September 07, 2006

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<span><span>Read this book and find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid.</span></span>
Legal Drafting by Design: A Unified Approach (Aspen Coursebook Se...
by , J. Lyn Entrikin

Language

English

Pages

600

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<p>Designed for upper-level survey legal drafting courses, this groundbreaking text explains drafting using a common vocabulary that applies to any legal document based on a fundamental rule structure, including statutes and other forms of public drafting as well as contracts and other forms of private drafting. This unified drafting approach gives students a common denominator approach to drafting all kinds of legal documents. In addition, students can use the techniques they’ve learned to deconstruct, interpret, and revise any kind of legal document composed of rules. This common-sense approach of teaching/learning a single vocabulary and set of skills to use in drafting any rules-based legal document is an innovative model for U.S. legal drafting courses, though it has been used in other countries for decades.</p> <p><strong>Key Features: </strong></p> <ul> <li>A unified approach that teaches students the general skills of drafting rules of law—duties, discretionary authority, and declarations, including their conditions in legal tests.</li> <li>Practice applying those skills to drafting a range of documents, including contracts, statutes, regulations, and other.</li> <li>Coverage of how courts interpret the rules and how to draft anticipating what the courts will do.</li> <li>An understanding of how law governs human behavior through the rules that students learn to draft.</li> <li>A wide range of classroom exercises on the detail of drafting.</li> <li>Additional drafting assignments, for use in and out of class, that help students learn how to use the rules and to accomplish clients’ goals.</li> </ul>
ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (Aspen Coursebook Series)
by Coleen M. Barger

Language

English

Pages

560

Publication Date

May 24, 2017

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<p><em>ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, Sixth Edition</em> provides the tools needed for all forms of legal writing, using clear explanations and abundant illustrations. In a single set of rules that the novice and experienced legal writers can easily consult, Professor Barger contrasts the formats used in practice-based documents with those used in academic footnotes.<br />  <br /> New to the Sixth Edition:</p> <ul> <li>Updated and expanded coverage of public domain case opinions and other primary authorities published online.</li> <li>Updated and expanded coverage of secondary works in online media, including articles, ebooks, blogs, newsletters, and social media.</li> <li>New and updated subsections of rules addressing federal case reporters, statutes, legislation, and  regulations online; new treatment of footnote references and footnotes/endnotes in online sources; new treatment and examples of dictionaries, A.L.R. annotations and articles, Restatements, and Principles of the Law.</li> <li>Updated appendices containing abbreviations, jurisdiction-specific sources and local rules, periodicals (more than 70 new titles added); new appendix addressing abbreviations for titles of BD Loose-leaf services.</li> <li>Every rule and example has been revisited and edited for depth and breadth of coverage as well as  improved clarity.</li> <li>Shorter than the Fifth Edition (but with the same amount of information).</li> </ul>
Hacking Law Review: The Concise Guide to the Write-On
by J. T. Junan

Language

English

Pages

61

Publication Date

April 23, 2018

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Written by a former law review editor who wrote-on to TWO top-ten flagship law journals and also graded write-on submissions. Get concrete strategies, inside information, and helpful tips for your write-on competition in a short, concise format designed to be read in one sitting. Everything you need without wasting your time, and all for the price of a latte.

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