The Lawyer s Guide to Writing Well

This best-selling book outlines the causes and consequences of bad legal writing and prescribes straightforward, easy-to-apply remedies that will make your writing readable.

Author: Tom Goldstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520288430

Category: Law

Page: 296

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This best-selling book outlines the causes and consequences of bad legal writing and prescribes straightforward, easy-to-apply remedies that will make your writing readable. Usage notes address lawyers' most common errors, and editing exercises allow readers to test their skills, making this an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers as well as a sensible grounding for law students. New sections in this edition: - Getting to the point - Communicating digitally - Writing persuasively - Twenty-five common mistakes"--Provided by publisher.

The Lawyer s Style Guide

A Student and Practitioner Guide Peter Butt ... But in my view, to ask whether a legal-writing style is 'effective' goes beyond mere subjective preferences. ... Carl Felsenfeld's rebuke says it well: 'Lawyers have two main failings.

Author: Peter Butt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781509936267

Category: Law

Page: 968

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Clarity and precision in legal writing are essential skills in the practice and study of law. This book offers a straightforward, practical guide to effective legal style from a world-leading expert. The book is thoughtfully structured to explain the elements of good legal writing and its most effective use. It catalogues all aspects of legal style, topic by topic, phrase by phrase, usage by usage. It scrutinises them all, suggesting improvements. Its 'dictionary' arrangement makes it easy to navigate. Topics range as widely as ambiguity, definitions, provisos, recitals, simplified outlines, terms of art, tone, and the various principles of legal interpretation. Words and phrases deal with legal expressions that non-lawyers find opaque and obscure. The purpose is to show that you can usually substitute a plain-English equivalent. Usage entries include matters such as abbreviations, acronyms, active and passive voice, brackets, bullet points, citation methods, cross-referencing, deeds, fonts, document design, footnotes, gender-neutral language, numbering systems, plain language, punctuation, the use of Latin, structures for legal advices and documents, and techniques for editing and proofreading. With an emphasis on technical effectiveness and understanding, the book is required reading for all those engaged in the practice and study of law.

Kill All the Lawyers

Spielberg , like Shakespeare , makes more than one anti - lawyer statement in his work . In his film Jurassic Park , Spielberg has a ... Goldstein and Lieberman , The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well , 125 . 8. Forest , " Added Comment on ...

Author: Daniel Kornstein

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803278217

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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Two-thirds of Shakespeare?s plays have trial scenes, and many deal specifically with lawyers, courts, judges, and points of law. Daniel Kornstein, a practicing attorney, looks at the legal issues and aspects of Shakespeare?s plays and finds fascinating parallels with many legal and social questions of the present day. The Elizabethan age was as litigious as our own, and Shakespeare was very familiar with the language and procedures of the courts. Kill All the Lawyers? examines the ways in which Shakespeare used the law for dramatic effect and incorporated the passion for justice into his great tragedies and comedies and considers the modern legal relevance of his work. ø This is a ground-breaking study in the field of literature and the law, ambitious and suggestive of the value of both our literary and our legal inheritance.

Writing to Win

Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Oxford University Press, 1987. Goldfarb and Raymond, Clear Understandings: A Guide to Legal Writing, Random House, 1982. Goldstein E, Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well, McGrawHill, ...

Author: Steven D. Stark

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307888747

Category: Law

Page: 320

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From a master teacher and writer, a fully revised and updated edition of the results-oriented approach to legal writing that is clear, that persuades—and that WINS. More than almost any profession, the law has a deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In this new edition of Writing to Win, Steven D. Stark, a former lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, who has inspired thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, applies the universal principles of powerful, vigorous prose to the job of making a legal case—and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life legal writing—as well as compelling models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the challenges lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; offers incisive ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their daily practice, from email memos to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. With new sections on client communication and drafting affidavits, as well as updated material throughout, Writing to Win is the most practical and efficacious legal-writing manual available.

ABA Journal

Management Solutions BY JEFFREY H.MILLS Given the complexity of the law, lawyers can't wholly be blamed for the infamy of ... certainly makes a lot of sense," according to Tom Goldstein, co-author of "The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well.





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The ABA Journal serves the legal profession. Qualified recipients are lawyers and judges, law students, law librarians and associate members of the American Bar Association.

Thinking Like a Writer

This is a different kind of book about legal writing.

Author: Stephen V. Armstrong

Publisher: Practising Law Inst

ISBN: 1402403186

Category: Law

Page: 415

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This is a different kind of book about legal writing. It assumes its readers are good writers who have already absorbed most of the usual advice about legal writing. But they may lack the intellectual framework for 'thinking like a writer' with the same incisiveness with which they think like a lawyer. This book provides that framework. It focuses on the underlying principles for communicating complicated information clearly and for establishing your credibility with demanding audiences. As a result, it helps to transform good writers into first-rate ones, and to make them far more efficient and powerful editors of their own writing and of others' drafts. Its unique approach will benefit supervising lawyers who do more editing than writing, as well as lawyers who do their own drafting.

A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Stephen V. Armstrong & Timothy P. Terrell, Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and ... Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (3rd ed., University of California Press 2016).

Author: John C. Dernbach

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

ISBN: 9781454887928

Category: Law

Page: 512

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A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method continues to provide complete coverage of basic legal writing and analysis with the clarity and precision that has made it a classic in the field. The text is concise and flexible, teaching students to apply legal method concepts to a written or oral argument through a combination of introductory exposition, extensive examples, and practice exercises. Offering great teaching opportunities in the classroom, the lessons and examples also support independent study and review. A valuable text that students will want to keep as practitioners.

AI Approaches to the Complexity of Legal Systems Models and Ethical Challenges for Legal Systems Legal Language and Legal Ontologies Argumentation and Software Agents

[43] In the view of our findings it seems sensible to ask in a similar way whether the task of simplifying legal language in such a way the CC organization pursues ... Goldstein, T., Lieberman, J.K.: The Lawyer s Guide to Writing Well.

Author: Monica Palmirani

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783642357312

Category: Computers

Page: 309

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The inspiring idea of this workshop series, Artificial Intelligence Approaches to the Complexity of Legal Systems (AICOL), is to develop models of legal knowledge concerning organization, structure, and content in order to promote mutual understanding and communication between different systems and cultures. Complexity and complex systems describe recent developments in AI and law, legal theory, argumentation, the Semantic Web, and multi-agent systems. Multisystem and multilingual ontologies provide an important opportunity to integrate different trends of research in AI and law, including comparative legal studies. Complexity theory, graph theory, game theory, and any other contributions from the mathematical disciplines can help both to formalize the dynamics of legal systems and to capture relations among norms. Cognitive science can help the modeling of legal ontology by taking into account not only the formal features of law but also social behaviour, psychology, and cultural factors. This book is thus meant to support scholars in different areas of science in sharing knowledge and methodological approaches. This volume collects the contributions to the workshop's third edition, which took place as part of the 25th IVR congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, held in Frankfurt, Germany, in August 2011. This volume comprises six main parts devoted to the each of the six topics addressed in the workshop, namely: models for the legal system ethics and the regulation of ICT, legal knowledge management, legal information for open access, software agent systems in the legal domain, as well as legal language and legal ontology.

Garner on Language and Writing

in another, they'll learn that robust writers have always used And, But, and So as sentence-starters (usually in about ... Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (1989) (with an excellent chapter on the ...

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 1604424451

Category: Law

Page: 839

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Since the 1987 appearance of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays shows both profound scholarship and sharp wit. The essays cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion, contractual and legislative drafting, grammar, lexicography, writing in law school, writing in law practice, judicial writing, and all the literature relating to these diverse subjects.

The Lawyer s Guide to Elder Injury and Accident Compensation

While good writing is essential in all areas of practice , it is particularly important when serving the elderly . For further guidance , lawyers can attend writing workshops offered by various bar associations , or turn to any of a ...

Author: James T. O'Reilly

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: STANFORD:36105061741737

Category: Accident law

Page: 284

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Writing for Litigation

•Richard C. Wydick & Amy E. Sloan, Plain English for Lawyers (6th ed. 2019). •Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (3d ed. 2016). Three Good Litigation-Writing Guides.

Author: Kamela Bridges

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

ISBN: 9781543817072

Category: Law

Page: 272

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Writing for Litigation, Second Edition, explains and shows students how to draft litigation documents like a lawyer. Because litigation practice can’t be boiled down to just a few forms, this text provides drafting instruction for the full range of documents used in litigation practice. Authors Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess systematically address how audience, purpose, strategy, and ethics factor into the content and tone of effective legal writing at every stage of a case—from client engagement letters to motions, discovery, affidavits, and jury instructions. Students will develop an understanding of the tone and content appropriate to their strategic objectives and their audience. The authors’ backgrounds in legal practice shed light on lawyering skills in Practice Tips throughout the text. New to the Second Edition: Discussion of the ethical principles that govern each type of document, tied to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility Text and examples that reflect the trend toward electronic filing of documents Revised treatment of discovery issues that reflect changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Sample e-mail letters to a client and opposing counsel How to communicate professionally with text messages Updated cover and page design that offer a new, modern look and more reader-friendly experience Professors and students will benefit from: Broad coverage of both common documents such as pleadings, discovery requests, and motions; and of ancillary documents such as demand letters, client communications, and affidavits Practical tips and advice on strategic legal drafting, writing unambiguously, and diversity sensitivity Clear guidance to the component parts of each type of document A complete set of sample documents in the Appendix

Military Law Review

Unfortunately , many lawyers either lack the skills necessary to write well or are unwilling to devote sufficient time to writing well.22 IV . Why Don't Lawyers Write Well ? Lawyers have two common failings . One is that they do not ...



ISBN: PSU:000072977965

Category: Courts-martial and courts of inquiry


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A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

One hears Ruggero Aldisert's Opinion Writing ( 1990 ) and a lawyer or a judge remark , “ Oh , I'm no stylist - I just ... Jethro K. Lieber- legatee = one who is named in a will to take man , The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well ( 1989 ) ...

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195142365

Category: Law

Page: 953

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A comprehensive guide to legal style and usage, with practical advice on how to write clear, jargon-free legal prose. Includes style tips as well as definitions.

The Practice of Law School

( 5 ) Bryan A. Garner , Legal Writing in Plain English ( University of Chicago Press , 2001 ) . ( 6 ) Tom Goldstein and Jethro K. Lieberman , The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well ( University of California Press , 1991 ) .

Author: Christen Civiletto Carey

Publisher: ALM Publishing

ISBN: 1588521109

Category: Law

Page: 637

View: 257


This handbook for aspiring lawyers coaches them to make the most of law school by taking charge of their education and burgeoning careers early on. It provides current and future law students with invaluable information about the law school application process, financing law school, selecting classes, evaluating study groups, developing effective exam-taking strategies, choosing extracurricular activities and summer jobs, preparing for the bar exam, and balancing school with family life. Demonstrated are the ways in which students can begin to think like practising lawyers and attain experience in law school that is relevant, practical, and essential to practising law in the real world.

A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals

When it's not going well, I do other things, such as searching for references or reading more material to clarify my thinking. 6. ... A friend who works for a large law firm tells me that most lawyers can't write.

Author: Morley D. Glicken

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538106211

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Straightforward and concise, the second edition of A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals offers students and professionals practical tools to improve their writing. In his animated and highly accessible teaching voice, Glicken presents the rules of punctuation, grammar, and APA style in jargon-free language that’s easy to understand. Chapters include detailed, real-world examples on how to write academic papers, client assessments and evaluations, business letters, research proposals and reports, papers for mass audiences, requests for funding, and much more. Glicken provides the most comprehensive writing guide available in an engaging and digestible format, including end-of-chapter exercises that allow readers to further practice their writing and critical thinking skills. A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals is an invaluable resource for current and future human service professionals across social work, psychology, and counseling. Updates to the Second Edition include: New writing exercises in every chapter to help current and future human service professionals improve critical thinking and expository writing skills New discussion on social media writing, cyberslang, and writing articles for the mass media on issues related to the human services A greater emphasis on the difference between politically correct writing and writing that shows sensitivity to diversity Expanded coverage of critical thinking and writing, conducting research, and plagiarism New examples of resume writing, business letters, and reference letters Expanded discussion of the importance of writing clear mission statements and agency goals

Expert Legal Writing

7 Preventive Law Reporter 14 (1988). • Goldfarb, Ronald, and James Raymond. Clear Understandings. New York: West Publishing Co., 1982. • *4Goldstein, Tom, and Jethro Leiberman. The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well.

Author: Terri LeClercq

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292778030

Category: Law

Page: 212

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For ten years, Terri LeClercq's "Legal Writing" column in the Texas Bar Journal has helped polish the prose of lawyers and law students, judges and clerks, paralegals, writing instructors, and legal secretaries. This book collects all the advice she has given in her columns into one authoritative guide for expert legal writing. LeClercq covers everything a legal writer needs to know, from the mechanics of grammar and punctuation to the finer points of style, organization, and clarity of meaning. With her practical, readable, and often humorous advice, those who prepare legal documents can rid their prose of mind-numbing "legalese" and write with the clarity and precision that characterize the very best legal writing.

Readings in Persuasion

Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well 5 (Berkeley: U. Calif. Press 1989). 4. Genre writing is efficient and safe. How can anyone be critical of your writing if it follows the form that other such ...

Author: Linda H. Edwards

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

ISBN: 9781454821540

Category: Law

Page: 480

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An innovative and riveting look at briefs from a highly respected author that can be used a primary text in an advanced legal writing class or as a secondary text in a basic legal writing course. The chapters can be taken in any order. In the first part of the book, individual chapters cover advanced legal writing topics such as rhetoric, voice, emotion, metaphor, and narrative. The second part of the book introduces famous cases, with the story of each case. Chapter introductions provide interesting insights, such as historical context, the story of the case and of the litigation of it, information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides, what the courts decided, and, where relevant, about what has happened since. Compelling content makes it easy to engage students while photos throughout enliven the text. Features: Highly respected author Flexibility can be used as core text in advanced legal writing with other materials secondary text in a basic legal writing course chapters can be taken in any order High-interest, engaging content Each chapter focuses on important legal writing topics rhetoric voice emotion metaphor narrative Features famous case Chapter introductions with compelling insights historical context the story of the case and its litigation information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides what the courts decided what has happened since Full-text cases and briefs offered on a companion website Photos that enliven the text

Laying Down the Law

Ultimately then , we can say of literature for lawyers what Irish advertising billboards say of Guinness : it is good for you . FURTHER READING Clanchy J and B Ballard , Essay Writing for Students : A Practical Guide , 2nd ed , Longman ...

Author: Catriona Cook


ISBN: STANFORD:36105062952853

Category: Law

Page: 448

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Since 1996 when this text was law published, there have been significant changes to the way we communicate. Legal developments have also heralded major changes of direction and focus for Australian law. The changes are fully reflected in the latest edition of this widely used text which has been comprehensively updated.

The Litigation Manual Trial

It is a paradox that a group that is so well educated and that relies so crucially on communication uses such bad language . Because lawyers speak the words and write the documents that define and govern our lives , a keen public ...

Author: John G. Koeltl

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 1570736553

Category: Law

Page: 786

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The Law Times

The suitor , thirds or one - half ( as the case may be ) , with interest to obtain redress , is driven to the law ... DECEMBER 30 , 1843 . weeks will afford ample time , as well to the defen- such direction or appointment , and so far ...



ISBN: IND:30000105573459

Category: Law


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