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Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates [Format Kindle]

Ross Guberman

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With Point Made, legal writing expert Ross Guberman throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want.
The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers, including Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into specific, learnable techniques, become a detailed writing guide full of practical models. In FCC v. Fox, for example, Kathleen Sullivan conjures the potentially dangerous, unintended consequences of finding for the other side (the "Why Should I Care?" technique). Arguing against allowing the FCC to continue fining broadcasters that let the "F-word" slip out, she highlights the chilling effect these fines have on America's radio and TV stations, "discouraging live programming altogether, with attendant loss to valuable and vibrant programming that has long been part of American culture."
Each chapter of Point Made focuses on a typically tough challenge, providing a strategic roadmap and practical tips along with annotated examples of how prominent attorneys have resolved that challenge in varied trial and appellate briefs. Short examples and explanations with engaging titles--"Brass Tacks," "Talk to Yourself," "Russian Doll"--deliver weighty materials with a light tone, making the guidelines easy to remember and apply.

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Ross Guberman is president of Legal Writing Pro, an advanced legal-writing training and consulting firm. He has worked with thousands of attorneys at more than 100 of the world's largest and most prestigious law firms and for dozens of state and federal agencies and bar associations. Guberman is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, and he holds degrees from Yale, the Sorbonne, and The University of Chicago Law School. Before founding Legal Writing Pro, Guberman worked as a musician, lawyer, translator, editor, and journalist. He has also commented on law, business, and lawyer development for major newspapers, radio stations, trade publications, and television networks, and he has addressed several major international conferences as well.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good with a caveat... 7 février 2011
Par LegalWriter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an experienced appellate advocate who has argued over a hundred cases, written several hundred briefs, edited several hundred more, and collected the literature in the field, I am always skeptical of new books on legal writing. Even the best books essentially just rehash the same advice: stay away from the passive voice, block quotations are bad, use footnotes sparingly, etc. Point Made does that too, but to his credit, the author gives these by-now hoary concepts colorful little names to make them easier to remember, for example, "Russian Doll," for nested subheadings. The real selling point, however, is the use of examples taken from briefs of the nation's top appellate litigators. And therein lies my caveat. While most of the examples are excellent, some are not, and the whole enterprise reaks of boot licking and log rolling. Several advocates who give the book glowing reviews noted on the back cover are those whom the author has selected for inclusion in the book as among the best appellate advocates in the country. (The late, beloved Spy magazine used to call this "log rolling on our time" and featured examples from the world of fiction. The Point Made examples are no less egregious.) And another troubling point for me is this: How many of these noted, brilliant, and esteemed folks actually wrote the examples? Come on now. Should we, as a profession, really continue to pretend that most, if not all, of these hot-shot lawyers or judges write their own stuff? A lot of former law reveiwers who work for noted, brilliant, and esteemed appellate lawyers and judge would quietly tell you otherwise.

But enough sermonizing by me. This is overall a good book on legal writing--not as good as books by Bryan Garner, Stephen Starks, and Judge Aldisert--but worth a look.
36 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best and not just for lawyers 2 mars 2011
Par Peter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm an engineer and have done a lot of writing to sell my proposals and ideas. Many of us with technical backgrounds have great ideas but have trouble selling them simply because our writing is often not very persuasive. And if you can't be persuasive your ideas aren't worth anything. I've taken various technical writing seminars but this book is hands down the best tool I've come across for improving my writing. This book offers lots of help, and showed me how to write about the facts using more compelling and varied sentences. It's very practical, easy to read and offers great ideas for getting your point across. Unlike many "how to write" books, this one is enjoyable to read and educational, with a lot of stories about well-known legal disputes. It will definitely make you a better writer and enable you to sell your ideas more effectively.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This goes on my shelf next to Strunk & White. 18 février 2011
Par David Tollen - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm both a lawyer and an author, so writing is my business, and I found this really useful. First of all, it's not just a set of abstract suggestions; it's packed with short, easy-to-digest examples from famous advocates. And I do mean "packed": you get examples, usually several, on pretty much every page. I think most people learn best by example, and these are good ones. Second, the book's organization is user-friendly. The subtitle should've been "Writing Like the Nation's Top Advocates--in 50 Nutshells," because that's what you get. The 50 lesson organization makes it easy to refer back to this or that point after you've read the book. In fact, I find the table of contents itself useful because you can just skim it over to remind yourself of the lessons. Third, believe it or not, this is fun to read. He makes good writing interesting (in part through good writing).

Finally, though the book's about written advocacy, I've found it useful for all types of writing, including e-mails I toss off to my clients.

Anyway, highly recommended...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Turning over a new leaf with point made- a new lawyer's perspective 14 février 2011
Par LS 2008 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You've heard it since the first day of law school- research and writing, more research and writing, oh and by the way? Research and writing. With easy to remember concepts and actual, real life explanations you'll at least have one half of this all-powerful duo covered. As a third year associate, I'm happy to have a book in my office that I can actually use to make my writing better. And the best part is that Ross Guberman makes it simple; he shows you how to do it instead of telling you. The concepts are well organized and easy to follow, you can read the whole text or use it piece by piece. Guberman avoids the "legal treatise" model with juicy excerpts that make you want to read on and includes advice from judges on what they really want to see. This book is indispensable for 1L memo writers, new associates and partners, highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Proof that great legal writing exists on our planet 29 janvier 2011
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
As an author, I care a lot about good writing. As a lawyer, I have to endure a lot of bad writing. I'm hardly alone in wondering: why isn't legal writing better?

Nearly all lawyers think they're good writers. Most of them are mistaken. And worse, these lawyers often seek comfort in urban legends designed to protect their bad habits -- "this is how successful lawyers write," "this is what judges like to see," etc.

Ross Guberman's terrific book proves otherwise. Ross shows you that the best lawyers are truly excellent writers, and that judges truly prefer excellent writing. He makes his case with real-world evidence: hundreds of examples from actual briefs by well-known lawyers, and dozens of comments from judges.

Using this material, Ross methodically refutes many of the favorite habits of bad legal writers, including flabby sentences, vague headings, and a bête noire of mine -- overly long block quotations.

A solid, practical guide that will give any legal writer fresh ideas about how to improve their work.
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