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The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts

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Good legal writing wins court cases. It its first edition, The Winning Brief proved that the key to writing well is understanding the judicial readership. Now, in a revised and updated version of this modern classic, Bryan A. Garner explains the art of effective writing in 100 concise, practical, and easy-to-use sections. Covering everything from the rules for planning and ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 3rd 1999)
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Aaron
Aug 11, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
A lot of good tips, some mediocre tips, and few stinkers I would never actually use (like don't define abbreviated terms or make all of your headings flush with the left margin), but a TON of padding. There are too many quotes at the beginning of each section. Particularly quotes of the author himself.
Bob
Oct 31, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing
This man knows how to improve a brief, and he shares it here. It is a book organized around a list. The items in the list are not created equal which gives an unevenness to the experience of reading it. This is a book which must be reread as much as it is read.
It is a great book. For its type, there is none better.
Ke
Jun 24, 2013 Ke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a helpful checklist for lawyers re-writing their work. Garner offers everything from advice on fonts to case citation. That said, I must say that I did not agree with all his tips. For example, he could have gone easier with Em Dashes.
Christopher Floss
Jan 07, 2015 Christopher Floss rated it really liked it
This book could serve as a supplement to most legal writing texts, as well as a desk reference for those who do persuasive legal writing. Some of the points are basic while others are worth reading. Certainly, it's a good reference for law students to read.
Dawn
Nov 23, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
Garner himself makes me nuts, but his reference materials are great. I think this volume should be required reading for every appellate attorney.
Ross
Oct 16, 2008 Ross rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lawyers who want to improve their writing
Shelves: law, writing
A great writing resource for beginning attorneys. Opinionated but authoritative, and fun too. I expect I'll be revisiting this one for years to come.
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