Thinking Like a Writer

A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing

Author: Stephen V. Armstrong,Timothy P. Terrell

Publisher: Practising Law Inst

ISBN: 9781402411281

Category: Law

Page: 427

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Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing gives you the specialized knowledge and techniques to draft clear and compelling legal documents, no matter how complicated the issues involved.

Thinking Like a Writer

A Lawyer's Guide to Writing and Editing

Author: Stephen V. Armstrong,Timothy P. Terrell

Publisher: Practising Law Inst

ISBN: 9781402403187

Category: Law

Page: 415

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This is a different kind of book about legal writing. It assumes its readers are good writers who have already absorbed most of the usual advice about legal writing. But they may lack the intellectual framework for 'thinking like a writer' with the same incisiveness with which they think like a lawyer. This book provides that framework. It focuses on the underlying principles for communicating complicated information clearly and for establishing your credibility with demanding audiences. As a result, it helps to transform good writers into first-rate ones, and to make them far more efficient and powerful editors of their own writing and of others' drafts. Its unique approach will benefit supervising lawyers who do more editing than writing, as well as lawyers who do their own drafting.

Author Law A to Z

A Desktop Guide to Writers' Rights and Responsibilities

Author: Sallie G. Randolph

Publisher: Capital Books

ISBN: 9781931868266

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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Complemented by charts, lists, and sample forms, this comprehensive legal guide to publishing law helps everyone from authors and editors to literary agents and journalists effectively negotiate the legal complexities of their field, offering a series of alphabetical entries, along with cross-references, case summaries, sample letters, checklists, and other useful material. Original.

The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well

Author: Tom Goldstein,Jethro K. Lieberman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520929074

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 287

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This eminently practical volume demystifies legal writing, outlines the causes and consequences of bad writing, and prescribes straightforward, easy-to-apply remedies that will make your writing readable. Complete with usage notes that address lawyers' most common errors, this well-organized book is both an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers and a sensible grounding for law students. This much-revised second edition contains a set of editing exercises (and a suggested revision key with explanations) to test your skill. This book is a definitive guide to becoming a better writer—and a better lawyer.

Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published

Author: Susan Rabiner,Alfred Fortunato

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393340211

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success. Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas—and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains: • why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions; • how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work; • how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore; • why the most important chapter is your introduction; • why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction; • why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible. Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.

Books, Crooks and Counselors

How to Write Accurately about Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

Author: Leslie Budewitz

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610351215

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Addressing the misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the law in today's writing, this reliable guidebook demonstrates how to use legal concepts, terminology, and procedure to create fiction that is true to life and crackling with real-world tension. Examples from actual cases are provided along with excerpts of authentic courtroom dialogue. Topics covered include criminal and civil law; differences between federal, state, and Native American jurisdiction; police and private investigation; wills and inheritances; and the written and unwritten codes that govern the public and private conduct of lawyers and judges. Providing a quick and simple legal reference, this handbook is the key to creating innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, and gritty realism.

Storytelling for Lawyers

Author: Philip Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199910618

Category: Law

Page: 256

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Good lawyers have an ability to tell stories. Whether they are arguing a murder case or a complex financial securities case, they can capably explain a chain of events to judges and juries so that they understand them. The best lawyers are also able to construct narratives that have an emotional impact on their intended audiences. But what is a narrative, and how can lawyers go about constructing one? How does one transform a cold presentation of facts into a seamless story that clearly and compellingly takes readers not only from point A to point B, but to points C, D, E, F, and G as well? In Storytelling for Lawyers, Phil Meyer explains how. He begins with a pragmatic theory of the narrative foundations of litigation practice and then applies it to a range of practical illustrative examples: briefs, judicial opinions and oral arguments. Intended for legal practitioners, teachers, law students, and even interdisciplinary academics, the book offers a basic yet comprehensive explanation of the central role of narrative in litigation. The book also offers a narrative tool kit that supplements the analytical skills traditionally emphasized in law school as well as practical tips for practicing attorneys that will help them craft their own legal stories.

Point Made

How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates

Author: Ross Guberman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199943850

Category: Law

Page: 352

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In Point Made, Ross Guberman uses the work of great advocates as the basis of a valuable, step-by-step brief-writing and motion-writing strategy for practitioners. The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers.

The Business of Being a Writer

Author: Jane Friedman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022639333X

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry. The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term. Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.

Legal Writing in Plain English

A Text with Exercises

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226284170

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 227

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An concise reference to legal writing offers tips on organizing ideas and expressing ideas clearly, with dozens of samples from the real world to illustrate the main points. Original.

The Art of Advocacy

Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America's Best Lawyers

Author: Noah Messing

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454836288

Category: Law

Page: 300

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The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America's Best Lawyers presents more than 150 examples of masterful advocacy to show lawyers how to write winning motions and briefs. The book focuses on the strategic and substantive choices that top litigators make, drawing examples from important, timely, and controversial cases. Detailed annotations give readers insight into what makes each document so effective. In addition to presenting a host of storytelling, stylistic, and organizational strategies, the book's examples demonstrate how to build and rebut different types of arguments. The Appendices provide a wealth of additional resources, including Karl Llewellyn's previously unpublished advice from 1957 about the art of advocacy, which one top law professor described as the "best advice on legal writing I've ever seen."

Writing for Lawyers

Author: Hollis T. Hurd

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781439248355

Category: Law

Page: 157

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Lawyers think differently from normal people. The key to writing for lawyers is to give them what their specialized mode of thought needs. This is a special skill that every paralegal, law student and young lawyer needs to learn, because writing which is good—or even superb—in other contexts such as literary or commercial will often be bad legal writing. Writing for Lawyers is designed to catapult the beginner off the deck. It is entirely a book of technique, distilled from the lessons that every sharp young lawyer picks up in the early years of practice. Originally published in 1982, Writing for Lawyers became a bestseller more than twice over before going out of print in 1996. It returned to print by popular demand in 2009. The author is a practicing lawyer, trained at one of the nation's leading law firms, whose experience includes five victories in the United States Supreme Court.

A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Author: John C. Dernbach,Richard V. Singleton,Cathleen S. Wharton,Catherine J. Wasson,Joan M. Ruhtenberg

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454887923

Category: Law

Page: 512

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A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method continues to provide complete coverage of basic legal writing and analysis with the clarity and precision that has made it a classic in the field. The text is concise and flexible, teaching students to apply legal method concepts to a written or oral argument through a combination of introductory exposition, extensive examples, and practice exercises. Offering great teaching opportunities in the classroom, the lessons and examples also support independent study and review. A valuable text that students will want to keep as practitioners.

24 Hours with 24 Lawyers

Profiles of Traditional and Non-traditional Careers

Author: Jasper Kim

Publisher: Aspatore Books

ISBN: 9780314276315

Category: Law

Page: 371

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Are you thinking of attending law school or switching legal careers? About to graduate and wondering which path to take? Are you curious about what lawyers in different fields do in a typical day? Then spend twenty-four hours with twenty-four lawyers through this innovative book, 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers. Whether you want to be a full-time corporate lawyer, work as a legal consultant while pursuing your music career, or anything in between, this book gives you a unique ôall-access passö into the real-world, real-time personal and professional lives of twenty-four law school graduates. These working professionals each present you with a ôProfileö chronicling a typical twenty-four-hour day in their traditional and non-traditional careers. You will read actual twenty-four-hour accounts from the perspective of a venture capitalist, Wall Street lawyer, lobbyist, entertainment lawyer, IP attorney, sports broadcaster, JAG officer, prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, mediator, and politician, just to name a few. From the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed, each professional illustrates what their position entails on a day-to-day basis and will give you invaluable, informative, and honest insight above and beyond what many brochures, guest lectures, career workshops, or law firm website descriptions can provide. After reading 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers, you'll be better prepared to determine which career Profile may suit you best before accepting a new job or investing in a legal education. Book jacket.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to write plain English

a book for lawyers and consumers

Author: Rudolf Franz Flesch

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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Tackling the obfuscation inherent in legal language, Flesch isolates the elements in legal writing that make most documents beyond the layman's comprehension and offers remedies for each obstacle to easy reading and understanding

The Tools of Argument

How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win

Author: Joel P Trachtman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781481246385

Category: Law

Page: 186

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Joel Trachtman's book presents in plain and lucid terms the powerful tools of argument that have been honed through the ages in the discipline of law. If you are a law student or new lawyer, a business professional or a government official, this book will boost your analytical thinking, your foundational legal knowledge, and your confidence as you win arguments for your clients, your organizations or yourself.

Illinois Bar Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bar associations

Page: N.A

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Vols. 28- include reports and proceedings of the 64th- (1940- ) annual meetings formerly issued as the association's Annual report.

Being Logical

A Guide to Good Thinking

Author: D.Q. McInerny

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588363770

Category: Reference

Page: 160

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Whether regarded as a science, an art, or a skill–and it can properly be regarded as all three–logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, and communicate. Indeed, logic goes to the very core of what we mean by human intelligence. In this concise, crisply readable book, distinguished professor D. Q. McInerny offers an indispensable guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life. Written explicitly for the layperson, McInerny’s Being Logical promises to take its place beside Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style as a classic of lucid, invaluable advice. As McInerny notes, logic is a deep, wide, and wonderfully varied field, with a bearing on every aspect of our intellectual life. A mastery of logic begins with an understanding of right reasoning–and encompasses a grasp of the close kinship between logical thought and logical expression, a knowledge of the basic terms of argument, and a familiarity with the pitfalls of illogical thinking. Accordingly, McInerny structures his book in a series of brief, penetrating chapters that build on one another to form a unified and coherent introduction to clear and effective reasoning. At the heart of the book is a brilliant consideration of argument–how an argument is founded and elaborated, how it differs from other forms of intellectual discourse, and how it critically embodies the elements of logic. McInerny teases out the subtleties and complexities of premises and conclusions, differentiates statements of fact from statements of value, and discusses the principles and uses of every major type of argument, from the syllogistic to the conditional. In addition, he provides an incisive look at illogical thinking and explains how to recognize and avoid the most common errors of logic. Elegant, pithy, and precise, Being Logical breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. Whether you are a student or a teacher, a professional sharpening your career skills or an amateur devoted to the fine points of thought and expression, you are sure to find this brief guide to effecting reasoning both fascinating and illuminating.

Letters to a Young Lawer (Easyread Large Edition)

Author: Alan Dershowitz

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 145874972X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time. We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers. Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the ''tricks of the trade'' that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of ''lawyering.''