Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 September 2015

376 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190268589

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Point Taken

How to Write Like the World's Best Judges

Ross Guberman

  • Written by a renowned practitioner, educator, and consultant with decades of experience, and author of the best seller "Point Made"
  • Delves into the work of the best judicial opinion-writers and offers a step-by-step method based on practical and provocative examples
  • Features numerous cases and opinions from 34 esteemed judges - from Learned Hand to Antonin Scalia
  • Explores what it takes to turn "great judicial writing" into "great writing"
  • Offers strategies for pruning clutter, adding background, emphasizing key points, adopting a narrative voice, and guiding the reader through visual cues
  • Shares a bounty of edits at the word and sentence level that add punch and interest and that make opinions more vivid, varied, confident, and enjoyable
  • Probes the thorny problem of dissents, extracting the best practices for dissents based on facts, doctrine, or policy
  • Appendix provides an essential checklist of practice pointers, along with biographies of the 35 featured judges

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