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The Handbook for the New Legal Writer

Summary of Contents


Part I. Reading and Writing Like a Lawyer
Chapter 1: Introduction to Legal Writing
Chapter 2: Reading and Understanding Authorities
Chapter 3: It Depends on the "Anchors"
Chapter 4: Understanding Hierarchy of Authority
Chapter 5: The Format for Legal Analysis

Part II. Objective Writing
Chapter 6: Constructing CREAC in Objective Documents
Chapter 7: Writing an Objective Conclusion
Chapter 8: Writing an Objective Rule Section
Chapter 9: Writing an Objective Explanation Section
Chapter 10: Writing an Objective Analysis Section
Chapter 11: Writing an Objective Conclusion

Part III. Putting the Legal Memorandum Together
Chapter 12: Incorporating Your CREAC into a Cohesive Document
Chapter 13: Create a Template for Your Memo
Chapter 14: Outline and Draft Your Facts Section
Chapter 15: Draft a Roadmap for Complex Memos
Chapter 16: Create a Cohesive Document

Part IV. Writing Tools for the New Legal Writer
Chapter 17: Introduction to Grammar, Punctuation, and Style
Chapter 18: Grammar Basics
Chapter 19: Grammar Principles for the New Legal Writer
Chapter 20: Plain Language
Chapter 21: Confused, Misused, and Misspelled Words
Chapter 22: Writing Style

Part V. Persuasive Writing
Chapter 23: Constructing CREAC in Persuasive Documents
Chapter 24: Writing a Persuasive Conclusion
Chapter 25: Writing a Persuasive Rule Section
Chapter 26: Writing a Persuasive Explanation Section
Chapter 27: Writing a Persuasive Analysis Section
Chapter 28: Writing a Persuasive Conclusion

Part VI. Putting Persuasive Documents Together
Chapter 29: Introduction to Persuasive Documents
Chapter 30: Trial Court Documents
Chapter 31: Appellate Briefs

Part VII. Other Legal Communication
Chapter 32: Introduction to Other Forms of Legal Communication
Chapter 33: Letters
Chapter 34: Email
Chapter 35: Messaging and New Technology
Chapter 36: Judicial Opinions
Chapter 37: Oral Arguments

Part VIII. Research and Citation
Chapter 38: Introduction to Legal Research and Citation
Chapter 39: Legal Research Basics
Chapter 40: Creating a Research Plan
Chapter 41: Smart Research Strategies
Chapter 42: Citation