Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach to Legal Writing and Oral Argument / Edition 2

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Effective Lawyering takes a unique approach to legal writing and oral advocacy. Many excellent legal writing books exhaustively detail how to write effectively. Those books — which are written primarily for first-year law students and are often several hundred pages long — meticulously explain the dos and don'ts of effective advocacy and provide numerous exercises for students to complete. Effective Lawyering, which can serve as a useful supplement to these lengthy introductory texts, takes a different approach. The book assumes the reader has learned the basics of legal writing, and at most needs only to be reminded about them. The book also assumes that most practitioners (and, for that matter, law students) lack the time to read lengthy discussions of all the subtleties of legal method.

Effective Lawyering concisely describes useful, yet often neglected, writing techniques. The book has pithy discussions of:

(1) ways to avoid recurring, yet frequently overlooked, writing problems;

(2) sensible approaches to writing common legal documents (trial court and appellate briefs, memoranda, letter writing, and academic writing); and

(3) methods for preparing an oral argument.

In addition, it provides the reader with a series of checklists to turn to when undertaking a writing project or preparing for oral argument. In sum, this book is not for the novice who requires a comprehensive guide. Nor is it for the sophisticated writing expert, looking for nuanced discussions about esoteric topics not commonly covered in legal writing books. But it is for practitioners and law students who want to be refreshed on the basics of effective lawyering: fundamentals that they most likely learned in the first year of law school, but perhaps have forgotten.

While maintaining the same structure, tone, and approach of the original edition, the Second Edition of Effective Lawyering provides expanded coverage and more detailed information in every chapter, as well as revised checklists at the end of each chapter.

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What People Are Saying

Scott Wood
"A practical book like this one has oft been thought but never so well expressed. Parrish and Yokoyama waste no words delivering immediately helpful teachings and tips on persuasive legal writing. Unlike the many lengthy tomes on legal writing, this little book will be a well-thumbed reference - a ready tool for survival and success."--(Scott Wood, Clinical Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles)
Russell A. Miller
"My students simply do not have the time or the motivation to plunge into comprehensive writing books. I am confident, however, that they will use the concisely-framed rules, useful examples, and accessible check-lists that Effective Lawyering provides. Finally, we have a writing and advocacy book that will be kept close at hand!"--(Russell A. Miller, Professor of Law, University of Idaho Law School)
Eric B. Easton
"Professors Parrish and Yokoyama have written a dandy checklist-oriented writing handbook for lawyers and law students. I'm sure I've given my students every suggestion offered here, but now they have a convenient, user-friendly way to access those suggestions at home or at the office. The handbook is clear, concise, and non intimidating, written in low-key, plain English. I'll recommend it, and my students might even use it!"--(Prof. Eric B. Easton, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Legal Skills Program, University of Baltimore School of Law)
Carrie Menkel-Meadows
"This extremely useful guide for legal writing of all kinds (including briefs, opinion letters, academic writing, and oral argument) presents clear and concise concepts and illustrations for organizing and clarifying what lawyers say in a variety of contexts. This book uses a very helpful format of checklists to improve the writing of all who work in the law - students, practicing lawyers, professors and yes, judges too!"--(Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadows, A.B. Chettle Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center, Co-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Legal Education)
Robert H. Philibosian
"Clear and concise writing is the hallmark of a good lawyer. Professors Parrish and Yokoyama provide sound practical advice to junior attorneys and law students. Effective Lawyering is invaluable for new attorneys."--(Robert H. Philibosian, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, former Los Angeles County District Attorney and California Chief Deputy Attorney General)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611630121
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Austen Parrish is Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, a Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Summer Law Program in Vancouver at Southwestern Law School. Dennis Yokoyama is a Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School.

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