Writing Expert and Law Prof Names Top 50 Advocates and Shares Their Secrets

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Imagine how much better lawyers could write if they learned from the likes of John Roberts, David Boies, Elena Kagan, and Ted Olson. Internationally acclaimed legal-writing expert Ross Guberman helps lawyers do just that in his new book, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates (Oxford; March 23, 2011).

"A tour de force," says SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein.

Imagine how much better lawyers could write if they learned from the likes of John Roberts, David Boies, Elena Kagan, and Ted Olson.

Internationally acclaimed legal-writing expert Ross Guberman helps lawyers do just that in his new book, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates (Oxford; March 23, 2011).

Packed with hundreds of bite-sized examples, Point Made shows lawyers how a tweak here and a change there can win more cases and boost their careers.

Guberman, who also teaches at GW Law School, showcases 50 of the most storied advocates alive. Through snippets in high-profile disputes over everything from eBay to Guantanamo, the book offers a sneak peak at the work of these first-rate Supreme Court advocates, headline-making plaintiffs’ attorneys, and hard-hitting trial lawyers and thought leaders.

Writing like these top lawyers is “more science than art,” says Guberman, who has worked with thousands of attorneys and judges all over the world. His book unearths 50 proven techniques that can make lawyers' writing soar.

Here’s what readers will gain from the book:

  •     4 ways to sell their “theme of the case” up front
  •     7 ways to bring their facts to life
  •     20 ways to streamline their arguments and persuade the court
  •     17 ways to spice up their sentences
  •     2 ways to end with a bang
  •     2 complete annotated models, one trial and one appellate
  •     Hundreds of examples and dozens of quotes from judges

“I love this book,” says Ron Marmer, the new chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation. “A tour de force,” says top Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein. “A must for the library of veteran litigators and aspiring moot court competitors,” says Supreme Court advocate Stephen Shapiro. “An indispensable tool,” says Yale Law School Professor Dan Kahan. “Practical, trenchant advice,” says NAAG’s Supreme Court counsel Dan Schweitzer. And in the words of Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who presided over U.S. v. Microsoft, “Guberman’s exemplars demonstrate again and again how to transform an otherwise ordinary case into a morality tale with a happy ending.”

More information about Point Made, including a sample chapter and a list of all 50 advocates, is available at http://www.TopAdvocates.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ross Guberman is the president of Legal Writing Pro, a legal-writing training and consulting firm. He has conducted more than a thousand programs on three continents for many of the largest and most prestigious law firms and for dozens of state and federal agencies and bar associations. Ross is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School. He holds degrees from Yale, the Sorbonne, and The University of Chicago Law School. An active member of the bar, Ross is also a former translator, professional musician, and award-winning journalist. After the federal takeover of Fannie Mae, Slate called his 2002 investigation of the company “brilliant and prescient.” Ross has commented on law, writing, and business for major newspapers, radio stations, and television networks, and he has also addressed several major international conferences on training and lawyer development.

ABOUT THE BOOK

POINT MADE
How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates
Oxford University Press
http://www.TopAdvocates.com
ISBN 978-0-19-539487-0 (pbk. : alk. Paper) • Price: $19.95
CONTACT
Ellen Callinan
E-mail: ellen (at) LegalWritingPro (dot) com

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