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Coming Soon: Tips on Lawyer Prose from Two Lawyer Pro's

While judges spend their lives writing opinions, they rarely offer an opinion on a question that matters most to lawyers: What's the most effective way to present a client's case?  Until now.  As Tony Mauro writes here, Justice Scalia has teamed up with writing guru, Bryan Garner to co-author a book on the art of persuading judges, both orally and through written briefs.  The pair started work on the book last summer, and recently spent four days working side by side in Scalia's office, writing and rewriting chapters. 

I'm eager to read the book when it comes out.  Given that Scalia's opinions (or in particular, his dissents), are often known for their nastiness or sarcasm, I'm particularly curious about the advice that he'll provide to lawyers.  Will Scalia counsel restraint and professionalism in legal writing, and if so, how will he reconcile that with his own opinions?  Will Scalia offer "real life examples" of legal briefs or arguments that don't simply don't work, and if so, will readers be able to recognize the lawyers whose work is critiqued in the book?  Stay tuned...

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on November 26, 2007 at 06:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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