A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Second Edition / Edition 2

A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Mary Beth Beazley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735553777

ISBN-13: 9780735553774

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Recognized by instructors nationwide as the book that shows students how to get from a blank page to a finished product, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO APPELLATE ADVOCACY has been revised, refined, and updated for its Second Edition.

This accessible paperback earned its success in the classroom by:

  • providing a complete introduction to the techniques and process
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    Overview

    Recognized by instructors nationwide as the book that shows students how to get from a blank page to a finished product, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO APPELLATE ADVOCACY has been revised, refined, and updated for its Second Edition.

    This accessible paperback earned its success in the classroom by:

  • providing a complete introduction to the techniques and process of writing appellate briefs
  • presenting class-tested materials and ample illustrations that are both accessible and teachable
  • emphasizing the process approach to writing, beginning with large-scale issues like content and organization, moving to smaller-scale issues like signals to the reader, and ending on the smallest-scale concerns of format and polishing methods
  • using numerous annotated examples — both good and bad — of legal writing from briefs, with commentary on the point each example is illustrating
  • including in the appendices four sample briefs with annotations that identify strengths of the brief and/or why the writer chose a particular technique
  • teaching students how abstract formulas (IRAC, CREXAC, etc.) can be effective in legal writing by having them identify whether certain elements have been included in a document and giving concrete advice on how to use formulas
  • encouraging students to critique their own work and improve their final draft by using the self-graded draft

    The Second Edition is strengthened by:

  • including format and function information about dispositive motion memos (such as motions to dismiss or for summary judgment), along with a sample motion memo
  • refining the discussion of the use of authority to help students better understand what a citation means
  • improving the discussion of CREXAC to facilitate easier comprehension of how to use formulas to write effectively
  • adding the concept of 'user' to complement the concept of 'reader' and explaining the needs of both groups
  • supplying more information on identifying a theme for the argument
  • including tips on citing to web pages and citing to unpublished opinions

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  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780735553774
    Publisher:
    Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Publication date:
    05/30/2006
    Edition description:
    2ND
    Pages:
    400
    Product dimensions:
    10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.82(d)

    Table of Contents

    Using the Examples in This Book
    Acknowledgments
    Ch. 1Introduction1
    Ch. 2Appellate Jurisdiction and Standards of Review9
    Ch. 3Before You Write21
    Ch. 4Facing the Blank Page39
    Ch. 5One Piece At a Time: Drafting the Argument47
    Ch. 6Practice Pointers: Using Case Authority Effectively61
    Ch. 7Seeing What You Have Written89
    Ch. 8Following Format Rules99
    Ch. 9Special Teams: Questions Presented, Statement of the Case, Summary of the Argument, Point Headings109
    Ch. 10Six Degrees of Legal Writing: Making Your Document Reader-Friendly135
    Ch. 11Exploiting Opportunities for Persuasion149
    Ch. 12Polishing175
    Ch. 13Oral Argument181
    Ch. 14Moot Court Competitions199
    App. AFor Reference: Citation Form and Punctuation Information215
    App. BUnited States Supreme Court Rules229
    App. CSample Briefs241
    Index331

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