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Writing For Litigation

Author : Kamela Bridges
ISBN : 9781543817072
Genre : Law
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Writing for Litigation, Second Edition, explains and shows students how to draft litigation documents like a lawyer. Because litigation practice can’t be boiled down to just a few forms, this text provides drafting instruction for the full range of documents used in litigation practice. Authors Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess systematically address how audience, purpose, strategy, and ethics factor into the content and tone of effective legal writing at every stage of a case—from client engagement letters to motions, discovery, affidavits, and jury instructions. Students will develop an understanding of the tone and content appropriate to their strategic objectives and their audience. The authors’ backgrounds in legal practice shed light on lawyering skills in Practice Tips throughout the text. New to the Second Edition: Discussion of the ethical principles that govern each type of document, tied to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility Text and examples that reflect the trend toward electronic filing of documents Revised treatment of discovery issues that reflect changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Sample e-mail letters to a client and opposing counsel How to communicate professionally with text messages Updated cover and page design that offer a new, modern look and more reader-friendly experience Professors and students will benefit from: Broad coverage of both common documents such as pleadings, discovery requests, and motions; and of ancillary documents such as demand letters, client communications, and affidavits Practical tips and advice on strategic legal drafting, writing unambiguously, and diversity sensitivity Clear guidance to the component parts of each type of document A complete set of sample documents in the Appendix

Readings In Persuasion

Author : Linda H. Edwards
ISBN : 9781454821540
Genre : Law
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An innovative and riveting look at briefs from a highly respected author that can be used a primary text in an advanced legal writing class or as a secondary text in a basic legal writing course. The chapters can be taken in any order. In the first part of the book, individual chapters cover advanced legal writing topics such as rhetoric, voice, emotion, metaphor, and narrative. The second part of the book introduces famous cases, with the story of each case. Chapter introductions provide interesting insights, such as historical context, the story of the case and of the litigation of it, information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides, what the courts decided, and, where relevant, about what has happened since. Compelling content makes it easy to engage students while photos throughout enliven the text. Features: Highly respected author Flexibility can be used as core text in advanced legal writing with other materials secondary text in a basic legal writing course chapters can be taken in any order High-interest, engaging content Each chapter focuses on important legal writing topics rhetoric voice emotion metaphor narrative Features famous case Chapter introductions with compelling insights historical context the story of the case and its litigation information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides what the courts decided what has happened since Full-text cases and briefs offered on a companion website Photos that enliven the text

Off And Running

Author : Angela C. Arey
ISBN : 9781454836155
Genre : Law
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Off and Running is a unique text for the first semester of the 1L legal writing and research course, designed to guide students through their development of the essential skills needed to practice law. Using a single, classroom-tested fact pattern, the authors demonstrate in concrete steps how a first-year associate might approach a legal problem. Students practice these steps and skills on other fact patterns, as they read about this fictional associate. Using this fresh approach and a plain-English writing style, the authors introduce essential concepts and skills related to objective legal writing and legal research, with a particular emphasis on the professional and ethical representation of clients. Students learn how to think like a lawyer. Features: Fully integrated coursebook for first semester of 1L LRW course. Integrates research, analysis, and writing. Emphasis on how skills relate to the practice of law, with focus on both litigation and transactional applications. Professionalism and ethics discussions, including and"ethics alertand" boxes, are integrated throughout the text. Presents one classroom-tested fact pattern to demonstrate how to i.d. the issues in the fact pattern, use legal resources to research those issues, and use the research results to write documents such as an objective memorandum and a client letter. Professors may assign different fact patterns, set in other jurisdictions, to have students demonstrate their skills. They may also assign a closed-universe problem during the early weeks of the semester. Other chapters cover an overview of the U.S. legal system, the basics of grammar, punctuation and style; how to use e-mail effectively; and incorporating LW principles into litigation and transactional documents. Book takes a streamlined approach, focusing on the essentials and using plain English, in order to remain accessible to students

The International Lawyer S Guide To Legal Analysis And Communication In The United States

Author : Deborah B. McGregor
ISBN : STANFORD:36105134459630
Genre : Law
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Ideal for teaching international lawyers about the U.S.study of law, this coursebook uses a global perspective to put the basic principles of legal reasoning, writing, and research into context. To effectively teach analysis and communication within the U.S. legal system, the authors present: material that can be easily adapted to a one-semester or two-semester writing course, using a one chapter/one idea concept a building-block approach to legal analysis based on the common law--each chapter focuses on a key concept that builds on what had been covered in the previous chapter tailored topical coverage that includes: a concise introduction to the U.S. legal system, the common law as U.S. precedent, and the anatomy of a U.S. lawsuit practical guidance for law study in the United States, including how to brief a case for class and other suggestions about the law school classroom a special chapter on plagiarism, a particularly troublesome aspect of writing for ESL students instruction on drafting client letters and demand letters, including effective word, phrasing, and structural choices for emphasis an overview of statutory interpretation theories coverage of drafting both fact-based and law-based issue discussions citation rules, including citing to international and online materials chapters on the U.S. approach to drafting contracts, emphasizing international transactions techniques for taking law school examinations engaging examples and exercises a glossary of terms To prepare international lawyers for practice in the U.S. legal system, use the coursebook that employs basic coverage, solid pedagogy, and a multicultural perspective.


Author : Thomas A. Mauet
ISBN : 9781543805024
Genre : Law
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This clear and concise book organizes pretrial planning into a series of steps students can easily master. Ordinary law school classes give students very few opportunities to learn about how lawyers prepare and manage cases. Pretrial introduces students to all aspects of case development, litigation, and settlement, ranging from the initial client interview to the analysis of settlement strategy and terms. It provides sample documentation for each stage of the civil case. An invaluable text for law students, Pretrial also gives new lawyers straightforward instruction as they immerse themselves in the real world of litigation practice. New to the Tenth Edition: Extensive updates to the chapter on Discovery to account for extensive and important changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2015 Cutting-edge advice on the management of e-discovery Revisions to the law of personal jurisdiction and class actions Updates throughout the text to address innumerable issues that affect litigation, ranging from the taxation of settlements to the doctrine regulating pleading Professors and students will benefit from: The only single-volume text to combine no-nonsense instruction in civil procedure with detailed but straightforward how-to lessons for civil litigation Authorship by the founder of the trial practice curriculum in American law schools, and revision by a nationally recognized expert in civil procedure No jargon, with an eye toward what litigators need to know on a day-to-day basis for their practices

Persuasive Written And Oral Advocacy In Trial And Appellate Courts

Author : Michael R. Fontham
ISBN : 9781454828860
Genre : Law
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While focused on the appellate setting, Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy is applicable to all legal writing and speaking, and includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other situations. Students are given a clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument, from the selection of a main theme, to the employment of research, language, and speaking skills that achieve a clear, persuasive legal message. Step-by-step, they learn to organize, prepare, and present winning written and oral arguments. Detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice shows how important it is to consider the judge’s time and perspective when preparing an argument. Concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file are liberally spread throughout the text along with extensive advice for editing Sophisticated, realistic litigation problems in the accompanying Case Files help put principles in practice and allow instructors a great deal of flexibility. Technological developments are explored, including electronic filing, video conference oral arguments, and electronic research. The revised Third Edition presents updated and expanded information on electronic filings as well as rule updates, especially local rule issues, and an updated, two-color design. Features: clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument the selection of a main message or theme employment of research, language, and speaking skills achieving a clear, persuasive legal message content is applicable to all legal writing and speaking includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other settings step-by-step guide to organizing, preparing, and presenting winning written and oral arguments detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice emphasizes consideration of the judge's time and perspective when preparing arguments liberal use of concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file, with extensive advice for editing accompanied by Case Files help put in practice the principles advocated throughout the text sophisticated, realistic litigation problems designed to allow instructors flexibility features technological developments--electronic filing, video conference, oral arguments, electronic research sections on harmless error, changes to Rule 32, and the status of unpublished opinions The revised Third Edition presents: updated and expanded information on electronic filings rule updates, especially local rule issues updated, two-color design

Legal Method And Writing

Author : Charles R. Calleros
ISBN : STANFORD:36105061792805
Genre : Law
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Highly regarded for its effectiveness in teaching students to apply legal resoning skills to professional writing tasks, Calleros' LEGAL METHOD AND WRITING is now available in an even more accessible Third Edition. Taking a distinctly practical approach and helping students hone their study skills, the book anchors writing and analysis skills with examples familiar to students and provides a number of real-life examples. the book's five parts include an introduction to the legal system and legal method and address case bies, course outlines, and essay examinations; writing style and process; writing the officememorandum. It also gives an introduction to advocacy and appellate briefs. Equally useful for both advanced writing seminaries and as a continuing resource in private practice, this coursebook addresses trial advocacy and writing to parities in contracts and correspondence. Always comprehensive, and still strong in multicultural issues, problems, and examples, the Third Edition also makes the text easier to use, and more clearly reveals its emphasis on process, by dividing its topics into a greater number of chapters and reorganizing several of the existing chapters; supplements its discussion of research techniques with sections on computer-assisted research and search tools for legislative history; and includes textual updates with new problems and examples from recent case law and with discussions of citation form under the 16th edition of the Blue Book, including citation of computer and Internet sources.

Legal Reasoning And Legal Writing

Author : Richard K. Neumann Jr.
ISBN : 9781454888062
Genre : Law
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A leading text in the field, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing, Eight Edition covers office memos, appellate briefs, oral argument, client letters, email correspondence, and oral research reports as well as all aspects of legal reasoning from rule-based analysis to strategies of persuasion.

Whose Monet

Author : John A. Humbach
ISBN : 1454873159
Genre : Law
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This extraordinary paperback provides a highly accessible and appealing orientation to the American legal system and presents basic concepts of civil litigation to first-year law students. Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System focuses on a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a painting as a vehicle for introducing students to the basic law school tasks of reading analytically, understanding legal materials, and working with the common law. The author and his colleagues have used these materials successfully in their classrooms for many years, ensuring their teachability and effectiveness: Whose Monet? can be used as primary course material in orientation courses or seminars, as well as collateral reading for in-semester Legal Process or Civil Procedure courses The organization is logical and straightforward and the accessible writing style--lucid, descriptive, and conversational--is ideal for incoming students The major events in a lawsuit are considered, and the text sheds light on how the law is applied in a civil dispute, introducing common law and statutory law and the various courts and their interrelationship (trial/appellate, state/federal) The author draws on judicial opinions, litigation papers, transcripts, and selections from commentators and various jurisprudential sources, thereby exposing the first-year student to as broad a spectrum of materials as possible Telling the story of a real lawsuit (DeWeerth v. Baldinger)--from client intake through trial and various appeals--draws students into the legal process by means of an engaging narrative and makes for a truly enjoying teaching experience for professors The lawyer's role is examined in both its functional and moral dimensions: What do lawyers do? What does society legitimately expect lawyers to do? This book is suitable for both classroom and stand-alone assigned reading

The Mindful Legal Writer

Author : Brown
ISBN : 1454836199
Genre : Law
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The Mindful Legal Writer: Mastering Persuasive Writing is designed to provide practical real-life context for the role of persuasive legal writing in authentic law practice. Students need to understand WHY lawyers write the way they do, and HOW the students own work product will be useful in real life by a supervising attorney, client, or judge. This book encapsulates ways to inject passion into teaching and learning persuasive legal writing, with the goal of empowering students to take ownership of their writing craft. The Mindful Legal Writer: Mastering Persuasive Writing offers best practices for presenting a legal argument in a logical, engaging, and ethical manner no matter what the assignment. Once students have mastered these fundamentals, they can learn how to add their own artistic flair.

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