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

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Good writing wins court cases- The Winning Brief is proof. Now, Bryan Garner brings us a revised and updated version of his modern classic. In 100 concise, practical, easy-to-use sections, legal writing guru Bryan A. Garner goes step-by-step through the art of effective legal writing. He covers it all - from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 3rd 1999)
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Christopher Floss
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.
Aaron
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
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 Huang
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.
Dawn
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lawyers who want to improve their writing
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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.
Sora
They should recommend this book as a 1L legal writing guide to appellate writing.
Brent
Garner is "the man" when it comes to current legal writing.
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