Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference

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Aspen Publishers, 2009 - Law - 329 pages
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Concise and compact, The Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference, Second Edition, offers thorough coverage of proper legal writing technique and style to help students resolve questions and develop strong writing skills. Accessible and user-friendly, this complete reference book features : grammar, style, and usage presented in a clear, complete, and succinct format numerous helpful examples that illustrate strong and effective legal writing as well as common errors to avoid a special Legal Documents section that offers tips and strategies for writing letters, memoranda, and briefs (both trial and appellate) a comb binding and conveniently compact size a clear organization and uncluttered, two-color page design that highlights important information website resources listed for every topic Tips and Strategies in each chapter that hone in on key topics Challenge Exercises through which students can test their knowledge quick-reference Table of Contents on the inside front cover and a quick-reference Style Sheet on the inside back cover helpful appendices that include Citation Form (using both Bluebook and ALWD examples), a sample appellate brief, and a section for ESL users CD-ROM available to instructors with additional exercises Updated throughout, The revised Second Edition includes : many new examples current website references throughout new sample documents, including new legal memorandum, trial court brief, and all new case brief expanded information on preparing Tables of Authorities additional supplemental exercises on the instructor’s CD-ROM The Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers, Second Edition, Is the complete and easy-to-use legal writing reference that provides comprehensive coverage in a surprisingly compact format.

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Contents

Section
1
E Modifiers
10
Grammar
12
H Conjunctions
27
Punctuation
29
Apostrophes
39
F Semicolons
45
Spelling
53
Concurring and Dissenting Opinions
211
Authors of Court Opinions
212
Headings
213
Writing This Case
214
Section Four Postwriting Steps and Document Design
215
Postwriting Steps
218
Reviewing for Content and Meaning
219
Reviewing for Technical Errors
220

Capitalization
60
Section Two Features of Effective Legal Writing and Organization
71
Clarity
84
E Readability
90
F Conciseness
109
Organization and the Writing Process
115
Section Three Legal Documents Legal Conventions and Common
127
B The Audience and Tone for Legal Correspondence
136
Legal Memoranda
153
Legal Briefs
169
Pleadings and Transactional Documents
187
B Transactional Documents
193
Consideration
195
Legal Conventions and Legal Writing Blunders
205
A Legal Conventions
206
Including But Not Limited to Phrases
207
Legal Conventions and Legal Writing Blunders
208
Supporting Authorities
209
Conclusory Language
210
Asking for Help
222
Proofreading for Others
223
F The Final RunThrough
225
Document Design
227
A Principles of Document Design
228
b Mixing Typefaces
229
B Formatting and Layout
230
Spacing
231
Appendix A Citation Form
236
Appendix B English as a Second Language
249
Sample Appellate Court Brief
265
Oregon courtslike most appellate courtsaddress
271
CONCLUSION 14
278
Answer Keys to Challenges
279
Appendix E Glossary of Terms
297
Appendix F Glossary of Usage
304
Appendix G Sample Case Brief
317
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About the author (2009)

Deborah E. Bouchoux, J.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of topics in the Paralegal Studies Program and serves on the program's advisory board. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and District of Columbia Bar (active). She has taught in a number of paralegal programs, including the University of San Diego Paralegal Program and the Paralegal Studies Program at George Washington University. She is the author of nine textbooks in the paralegal field and several articles in national and local paralegal publications.

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