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

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OUP USA, Feb 3, 2011 - Law - 311 pages
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.

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About the author (2011)

Ross Guberman is the founder and president of Legal Writing Pro, an advanced legal-writing training and consulting firm. He conducts hundreds of programs a year for many of the world's largest and most prestigious law firms and for dozens of state and federal agencies and bar associations.Guberman is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches an advanced seminar on litigation drafting and strategy. He holds degrees from Yale, the Sorbonne, and The University of Chicago Law School, where he was Articles Editor of The Universityof Chicago Legal Forum. Before founding Legal Writing Pro, Guberman worked at several major law firms as a litigator and briefwriting consultant. He has commented on business and law for major newspapers, radio stations, and television networks, including CBS and CNN. Guberman has delivered aplenary address to the Association for Continuing Legal Education and has also addressed NALP's Annual Education Conference and the Professional Development Institute

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