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Book
x, 286 pages ; 23 cm
  • Does bad writing really matter?
  • Don't make it like it was
  • Ten steps to writing it down
  • Of dawdlers and scrawlers, pacers and plungers : getting started and overcoming blocks
  • The technology of getting it down : from quill pens to computers
  • Lawyers as publishers : words are your product
  • Writing persuasively for your audience : tell your audience the point
  • Writing the lead
  • Form, structure, and organization
  • Wrong words, long sentences, and other mister meaners
  • Revising your prose
  • Making your writing memorable.
In this critically acclaimed book, Tom Goldstein and Jethro K. Lieberman demystify legal writing, outline the causes and consequences of poor writing, and prescribe easy-to-apply remedies to improve it. Reflecting changes in law practice over the past decade, this revised edition includes new sections around communicating digitally, getting to the point, and writing persuasively. It also provides an editing checklist, editing exercises with a suggested revision key, usage notes that address common errors, and reference works to further aid your writing. This straightforward guide is an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers and law students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520288430 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-219-01, LAW-7816-01, LAW-7827-01

2. Pretrial [2015]

Book
xxix, 491 pages : forms ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction to litigation planning
  • Informal fact investigation
  • Legal investigation
  • Case evaluation and strategy
  • Pleadings
  • Discovery
  • Motions
  • Pretrial conferences and settlements.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-224A-01, LAW-224A-02, LAW-224A-05, LAW-224A-08, LAW-627-01, LAW-627-01, LAW-627-01, LAW-7816-01
Book
xxxii, 387 pages ; 21 cm
  • The theme
  • The tale
  • The meat
  • The words
  • The close.
With Point Made, 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. 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 FCC v. Fox, 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." Each chapter of Point Made 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. 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199943852 20160616
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-219-02, LAW-7816-01, LAW-792-01