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Legal Writing, Fourth Edition

Richard K. Neumann Jr., Sheila Simon, Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne


  • ISBN: 9781543812169

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    Written in a style that engages students, Legal Writing, Fourth Edition by Richard K. Neumann Jr., Sheila Simon, and Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne, includes outstanding coverage on organizing analysis according to the CREAC formula (also known as the paradigm), the writing process, storytelling techniques, rule analysis, statutory interpretation, and professionalism. In addition, the book has a dynamic website where student resources include Sheila Simon’s famed lasagna presentation, classroom and independent exercises, self-assessment checklists, and other learning tools.

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  • Additional Product Details
    Publication Date: 2/1/2019
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 384
    Paperback + Casebook Connect: 9781543805192
    Looseleaf + Casebook Connect: 9781543812138
    Digital Only Casebook Connect: 9781543812169
    Rental + Casebook Connect: 9781543812145

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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents


    1. Writing and Professional Work

    Part 1: Legal Rules and Their Sources
    2. Inside a Rule of Law
    3. More about Rules
    4. Analyzing a Statute
    5. Analyzing a Judicial Opinion
    6. Reading a Case for Issues, Rules, and Determinative Facts
    7. Policy and Why Courts Care About It
    8. Selecting the Right Authority
    9. Working with Statutes
    10. Working with Cases

    Part 2: The Process of Writing
    11. Getting to Know Yourself as a Writer
    12. Inside the Process of Writing
    13. How Professional Writers Plan Their Writing

    Part 3: Office Memoranda
    14. Writing an Office Memorandum
    15. Interviewing the Client
    16. Predictive Writing in an Office Memorandum

    Part 4: Organizing Analysis
    17. CREAC: A Formula for Structuring Proof of a Conclusion of Law
    18. Varying the Sequence and Depth of Rule Explanation and Rule Application
    19. Advanced CREAC: Organizing More Than One Issue
    20. Working with CREAC in First Drafts and in Later Drafts

    Part 5: Working Effectively with Details
    21. Writing Effective Paragraphs and Sentences
    22. Effective Style: Be Clear, Vivid, and Concise
    23. Citing and Quoting Authority

    Part 6: Informal Analytical Writing
    24. Advising and Counseling the Client
    25. Client Letters
    26. Electronic Communication

    Part 7: The Shift to Persuasion
    27. What Persuades a Court?
    28. Writing a Motion Memorandum

    Part 8: Telling the Client’s Story
    29. The Statement of the Case in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
    30. Developing a Persuasive Story
    31. Telling the Story Persuasively

    Part 9: Making the Client’s Arguments
    32. The Argument in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
    33. Point Headings and Subheadings

    Part 10: Appellate Briefs and Oral Argument
    34. Appellate Practice
    35. Writing the Appellate Brief
    36. Handling Standards of Review
    37. Questions Presented
    38. Making Policy Arguments
    39. Oral Argument


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