A Practical Guide To Appellate Advocacy, Third Edition / Edition 3

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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• including tips on citing to web pages and citing to unpublished opinions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: 9780735585102
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 641,211
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Appellate Jurisdiction and Standards of Review

Chapter 3. Before You Write

Chapter 4. Facing the Blank Page

Chapter 5. One Piece at a Time: Drafting the Argument

Chapter 6. Practice Pointers: Using Case Authority Effectively

Chapter 7. Seeing What You Have Written

Chapter 8. Following Format Rules

Chapter 9. Special Teams: Questions Presented, Statement of the Case, Summary of the Argument, Point Headings

Chapter 10. Six Degrees of Legal Writing: Making Your Document Reader-Friendly

Chapter 11. Exploiting Opportunities for Persuasion

Chapter 12. Polishing

Chapter 13. Oral Argument

Chapter 14. Moot Court Competitions

Appendix A. For Reference: Citation Form and Punctuation Information
Appendix B. United States Supreme Court Rules
Appendix C. Sample Briefs

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