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Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy

Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0735553774

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ISBN13: 978-0735553774
ISBN10: 0735553777
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Aspen Law
Published: 2006
International: No

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Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0735553774

Marybeth Beazley

ISBN13: 978-0735553774
ISBN10: 0735553777
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Aspen Law

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Appellate Jurisdiction and Standards of Review
3. Before You Write
4. Facing the Blank Page
5. One Piece at a Time: Drafting the Argument
6. Practice Pointers: Using Authority Effectively
7. Seeing What You Have Written
8. Following Format Rules
9. Special Teams: Questions Presented, Statement of the Case, Summary of the Argument, Point Headings
10. Six Degrees of Legal Writing: Making Your Document Reader-Friendly
11. Exploiting Opportunities for Persuasion
12. Polishing
13. Oral Argument
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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