About the Book
A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy
Mary Beth Beazley
The Ohio State University
2010. Approx. 432 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8510-2.
About the Book
Mary Beth Beazley’s highly regarded A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Third Edition, is a comprehensive student-focused guide to writing appellate briefs. Written in an understandable, direct writing style, this concise paperback’s effective structure centers on a four-point approach to writing and breaks each point down into key elements that are then treated in-depth.
This accessible paperback:
- provides a complete introduction to the techniques and process of writing appellate briefs
- emphasizes the process approach to writing, beginning with large-scale issues such as content and organization, moving to smaller-scale issues such as signals to the reader, and ending on the smallest-scale concerns of format and polishing methods
- includes an appendix with four sample briefs with annotations that identify strengths of the brief and/or why the writer chose a particular technique
- shows students how to effectively use abstract formulas such as IRAC or CREXAC when they are writing
- teaches students how to revise and improve their work by using the self-graded draft
Improvements to the updated Third Edition include:
- Chapters have been reorganized to separate motion briefs from appellate briefs to allow professors to assign focused readings more easily
- The section on standards of review for a motion to dismiss has been updated to reflect Supreme Court decisions in Twombly and Iqbal
- Enhanced and refined discussions of:
o Using introductory material effectively to set the stage for the argument
o How to "harvest" arguments from non-mandatory courts
o How and where to deal with opponent's arguments
A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Third Edition, offers practical advice—with specific techniques—that encourages students to develop new skills and greater confidence.
Now available as an eBook!!