Writing to Win: The Legal Writer

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Crown/Archetype, Apr 24, 2012 - Law - 320 pages
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From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins.

Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a 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 writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference.

No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win.


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Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
2
The Fundamentals of Legal Writing
11
The Rules of the Road
30
The Mechanics of Editing
64
The Fundamentals of Argument
74
The Role of Narrative in Argument
94
Writing in Litigation
111
Writing Arguments
143
Writing Complaints and Answers
199
Writing in Discovery
214
Writing in Legal Practice
227
Technical Xriting 229
243
Writing Memos
261
Chapter I4 Drafting Contracts and Rules
268
Conclusion The Real Damage of Bad Legal Writing
283
Appendix The Sixteen Rules of Professionalism
289

Writing Trial and Appellate Briefs
177

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About the author (2012)

Steve Stark is a graduate of Yale Law School who taught legal writing at Harvard Law for over a decae. Dubbed "the David Letterman of continuing legal education," he has given seminars on the subject to thousands of lawyers a year in corporations and continuing education courses required by bar associations. He is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and National Public Radio and is the author of Glued to the Set. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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