Point Taken: How to Write Like the World’s Best Judges


Point Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges Author Ross Guberman
ISBN-10 0190268581
ISBN-13 9780190268589
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 376
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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In Point Taken Ross Guberman delves into the work of the best judicial opinion writers and offers a step by step method based on practical and provocative examples Featuring numerous cases and opinions from 34 esteemed judges from Learned Hand to Antonin Scalia Point Taken explores what it takes to turn great judicial writing into great writing Guberman provides a system for crafting effective and efficient openings to set the stage covering the pros and cons of whether to resolve legal issues up front and whether to sacrifice taut syllogistic openings in the name of richness and nuance Guberman offers strategies for pruning clutter adding background emphasizing key points adopting a narrative voice and guiding the reader through visual cues The structure and flow of the legal analysis is targeted through a host of techniques for organizing the discussion at the macro level using headings marshaling authorities including or avoiding footnotes and finessing transitions Guberman shares his style Must Haves a bounty of edits at the word and sentence level that add punch and interest and that make opinions more vivid varied confident and enjoyable He also outlines his style Nice to Haves metaphors similes examples analogies allusions and rhetorical figures Finally he addresses the thorny problem of dissents extracting the best practices for dissents based on facts doctrine or policy The appendix provides a helpful checklist of practice pointers along with biographies of the 34 featured judges

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