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

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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  • including tips on citing to web pages and citing to unpublished opinions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: 5/30/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Using the Examples in This Book
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Appellate Jurisdiction and Standards of Review 9
Ch. 3 Before You Write 21
Ch. 4 Facing the Blank Page 39
Ch. 5 One Piece At a Time: Drafting the Argument 47
Ch. 6 Practice Pointers: Using Case Authority Effectively 61
Ch. 7 Seeing What You Have Written 89
Ch. 8 Following Format Rules 99
Ch. 9 Special Teams: Questions Presented, Statement of the Case, Summary of the Argument, Point Headings 109
Ch. 10 Six Degrees of Legal Writing: Making Your Document Reader-Friendly 135
Ch. 11 Exploiting Opportunities for Persuasion 149
Ch. 12 Polishing 175
Ch. 13 Oral Argument 181
Ch. 14 Moot Court Competitions 199
App. A For Reference: Citation Form and Punctuation Information 215
App. B United States Supreme Court Rules 229
App. C Sample Briefs 241
Index 331
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