Point made : how to write like the nation's top advocates /

"With Point Made, legal writing expert Ross Guberman throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to craft compelling prose. What is the best way to open a motion or brief? How can you build winning headings? How can you weave together a persuasive tale when the r...

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Main Author: Guberman, Ross
Format: Book
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition:2nd ed
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250 |a 2nd ed 
260 |a New York :  |b Oxford University Press,  |c [2014] 
300 |a xxxii, 387 p. ;  |c 21 cm 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references and index 
505 0 |a Preface to the second edition -- Acknowledgments for the first edition -- I. The theme. 1. Brass tacks : explain "who, what, when, where, why, how" -- 2. The short list : number your path to victory -- 3. Why should I care? : give the court a reason to want to find for you -- 4. Flashpoint : draw a line in the sand -- II. The tale. 5. Panoramic shot : set the stage and sound your theme -- 6. Show, not tell : let choice details speak for themselves -- 7. Once upon a time : replace dates with phrases that convey a sense of time -- 8. Headliners : use headings to break up your fact section and to add persuasive effect -- 9. Back to life : center technical matter on people or entities -- 10. Poker face : concede bad facts, but put them in context -- 11. End with a bang : leave the court with a final image or thought -- III. The meat. 12. Russian doll : nest your headings and subheadings -- 13. Heads I win, tails you lose : argue in the alternative -- 14. Sneak preview : include an umbrella paragraph before your headings and subheadings -- 15. With you in spirit : start each paragraph by answering a question that you expect the court to have -- 16. Sound off : start the paragraphs with numbered reason -- 17. Long in the tooth : say "me too" -- 18. Peas in a pod : link your party with the party in the cited case -- 19. Mince their words : merge pithy quoted phrases into a sentence about your own case -- 20. One up : claim that the case you're citing applies even more to your own dispute -- 21. Interception : claim that a case your opponent cites helps you alone -- 22. Rebound : "re-analogize" after the other side tries to distinguish -- 23. Not here, not now : lead with the key difference between your opponent's case and your own -- 24. One fell swoop : distinguish a line of cases all at once -- 25. Not so fast : show that the case does not apply as broadly as your opponent suggests -- 26. Authority problems : suggest that the case deserves little respect -- 27. Ping me : introduce your parentheticals with parallel participles -- 28. Speak for yourself : include a single-sentence quotation -- 29. Hybrid model : combine participles and quotations -- 30. Lead 'em on : introduce block quotations by explaining how they support your argument -- 31. Race to the bottom : use footnotes only in moderation to address related side points and to add support -- IV. The words. 32. Zingers : colorful words -- 33. What a breeze : confident tone -- 34. Manner of speaking : figures of speech -- 35. That reminds me : examples and analogies -- 36. The starting gate : the one-syllable opener -- 37. Size matters : the pithy sentence -- 38. Freight train : the balanced, elegant long sentence -- 39. Leading parts : two sentences joined as one -- 40. Talk to yourself : the rhetorical question -- 41. Parallel lives : the parallel construction -- 42. A dash of style : the dash -- 43. Good bedfellows : the semicolon -- 44. Magician's mark : the colon -- 45. Take me by the hand : logical connectors -- 46. Bridge the gap : linked paragraphs -- 47. Join my tale : tables and charts -- 48. Bullet proof : bullet points and lists -- V. The close. 49. Parting thought : end the argument with a provocative -- 50. Wrap-up : recast your main points in a separate conclusion -- VI. Appendices 
520 |a "With Point Made, legal writing expert Ross Guberman throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to craft compelling prose. What is the best way to open a motion or brief? How can you build winning headings? How can you weave together a persuasive tale when the record is dry and dense? The answers are 'more science than art,' says Guberman, who has unpacked stellar arguments by top attorneys to develop a step-by-step plan for getting the results you want. The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the work of the nation's most influential lawyers, including John Roberts, Barack Obama, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into concrete techniques, form the backbone of this user-friendly guide. The 50 chapters of Point Made help you through 50 tough writing challenges, offering practical solutions along with annotated examples from prominent attorneys in trial and appellate briefs alike. Short modules with engaging titles - 'Brass Tacks,' 'Talk to Yourself,' 'Russian Doll' - impart weighty lessons with a light touch, making the tips easy to adopt. In addition to all-new examples from the original 50 advocates, this Second Edition introduces eight new superstar lawyers, from Don Verrilli, Deanne Maynard, Larry Robbins, and Lisa Blatt to Joshua Rosencranz, Ted Cruz, Judy Clarke, and Sri Srinvasan. Provocative new passages from the Affordable Care Act wars, the same-sex marriage battles, and other recent high-profile cases also spice up the mix. Guberman includes expanded commentary on the examples, along with dozens of style and grammar tips and new lists of 135 transitions and 50 vivid verbs. Finally, to help finesse your advocacy skills, Point Made no offers 50 writing challenges linked to 50 techniques"--Unedited summary from book cover 
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