Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition

A Text with Exercises

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022603139X

Category: Law

Page: 256

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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section. In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.
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Legal Writing in Plain English

A Text with Exercises

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226284204

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 1950

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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.
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Financial Expert Witness Communication

A Practical Guide to Reporting and Testimony

Author: Bradley J. Preber

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118753852

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Learn what to expect—and what's expected—as anexpert witness Serving as a financial expert witness or consultant in lawsuitsis a stressful, challenging, and tough business. In FinancialExpert Witness Communication: A Practical Guide to Reporting andTestimony, financial forensic expert Bradley J. Preberleverages more than 30 years of experience to create a practicalguide for financial expert witnesses as they face litigationreporting and testimony. Financial Expert Witness Communication covers all areasof financial litigation including accounting, financial forensics,forensic technology, and damages—all from the point of viewof an expert witness. The book is especially helpful for those whoexpect to be formally designated as an expert witness; however, itis also appropriate for financial forensic accountants, litigationconsultants, and attorneys as they navigate the unique playingfield of the financial litigation process. This book gives financial experts strategies to defend theanalysis, conclusions, and expert opinions they have at theirdisposal. It also provides thorough explanations of compliance,data limitations, and due diligence as well as how to handledemanding legal counsel, with a goal of better preparing them forthe entire legal process. The book is part of the Wiley Corporate F&A Series and wascreated as an educational resource for nonattorney financialexperts involved with U.S.-based civil litigation or alternativedispute resolution proceedings. It takes a well-rounded approach byincluding special chapters on such concepts as retention,privilege, responsibilities, ethics, and testimony, all written bya nationally recognized expert. As a bonus, the companion websitepresents an additional expert witness case study and guidelines forfulfilling an expert witness role.
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Legal Writing and Other Lawyering Skills

Author: Nancy L. Schultz,Louis J. Sirico

Publisher: Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 343

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Rev. ed. of: Introduction to legal writing and oral advocacy / Nancy L. Schultz ... [et al.]. 2nd ed. c1993
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Just Writing

Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer

Author: Anne Enquist,Laurel Currie Oates,Jeremy Francis

Publisher: Aspen Coursebook

ISBN: 9781454880806

Category: Law

Page: 448

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Just Writing covers the basic principles of good legal writing -- including style, grammar, and punctuation -- and demonstrates them through numerous examples. The text provides legal writers of all experience levels with tips, techniques, and helpful advice for every step of the process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. However, Just Writing goes further, guiding students to eloquence in concise legal prose. The text provides valuable resources for English-as-a-Second-Language students and teachers.
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Persuasive Legal Writing

Author: Louis J. Sirico (Jr.),Nancy L. Schultz

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business

ISBN: 9780735507463

Category: Law

Page: 191

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Persuasive Legal Writing offers complete instruction, exercises, and examples to teach students how to frame and assert arguments. Starting with an introduction to classical rhetorical devices and the psychology of persuasion, authors Sirico and Schultz unpack every aspect of persuasive writing, from structuring sentences and paragraphs to writing style, tone, storytelling, audience analysis, the ethics of argument, and citing authorities;all in a remarkably concise format. Persuasive Legal Writing, Third Edition, features: A consistent emphasis on the three keys to persuasive writing 1. writing simply and clearly 2. arguing ethically 3. writing for your audience How to focus attention on your argument by structuring sentences, paragraphs, and documents How to achieve an appropriately assertive tone When and how to cite authorities to support you argument How to make equity and policy arguments A helpful summary of common pitfalls in persuasive writing Generous use of examples throughout the text Integrated writing exercises for developing advocacy skills A capstone exercise at the end of the book An attractive new cover and interior design Enhanced and streamlined examples that are even more student friendly New examples from briefs and court opinions A new chapter on narrative and storytelling in persuasive writing
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Hereof, Thereof, and Everywhereof

A Contrarian Guide to Legal Drafting

Author: Howard Darmstadter

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590319772

Category: Law

Page: 239

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This update of Howard Darmstadter's witty, accessible guide to legal drafting reminds practitioners how best to choose their words, to compose clear and succinct sentences, to lay out their documents, and to decide which documents best serve a given scenario. This book may be unconventional, but it is a vital element of any lawyer's library.
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Pantologia

A New Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Words ... Illustrated with Engravings, Those on History Being from Original Drawings by Edwards and Others ...

Author: John Mason Good,Olinthus Gregory,Newton Bosworth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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