Thursday, April 17, 2008

Congratulations, Richard Neumann and Sheila Simon!

Sheila_simonNeumann_richard Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra University) and Sheila Simon (Southern Illinois University) are co-authors of a new legal writing book called, oddly enough, Legal Writing.  It is published by Aspen Publishers (part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).  It looks great.  The features in it that I didn't expect to see are short chapters (for example, chapters of only 6 or 8 pages) that I think many students will find quite easy to read (and re-read).

I got my copy in the mail yesterday, just before boarding a train from Chicago to Carbondale (so that I could do some more spying on Sue Liemer while she is on sabbatical!).  And now I have a copy signed not only by Sheila, but by her daughters Reilly and Brennan to whom Sheila dedicated the book.

The book is impressive, and I think that it will find many classroom adoptions in the coming year.  Congratulations again to Richard and Sheila.  Click here for more information.

Here's the table of contents:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Writing and Professional Work

Part I: Legal Rules and Their Sources
Chapter 2. Inside a Rule of Law
Chapter 3. More About Rules (Including Where They Come From)
Chapter 4. Inside a Statute and Outlining One
Chapter 5. Inside a Case (a Judicial Opinion)
Chapter 6. Briefing a Case
Chapter 7. Policy and Why Courts Care About It
Chapter 8. Selecting the Most Appropriate Cases, Statutes, and Other Authority
Chapter 9. Working with Cases
Chapter 10. Working with Statutes

Part II: The Process of Writing
Chapter 11. Getting to Know Yourself as a Writer
Chapter 12. Inside the Process of Writing
Chapter 13. How Professional Writers Plan Their Writing

Part III: Office Memoranda
Chapter 14. Office Memorandum Format
Chapter 15. Predictive Writing in an Office Memorandum

Part IV: Organizing Analysis
Chapter 16. CREAC: A Formula for Organizing Proof of a Conclusion of Law
Chapter 17. Varying the Sequence and Depth of Rule Explanation and Rule Application
Chapter 18. Advanced CREAC: Organizing More Than One Issue
Chapter 19. Working with CREAC in First Drafts and in Later Drafts

Part V: Working Effectively with Details
Chapter 20. Organizing a Paragraph
Chapter 21. Writing an Effective Sentence
Chapter 22. Effective Style: Clarity, Vividness, and Conciseness
Chapter 23. Citing Authority
Chapter 24. Quoting Effectively

Part VI: The Shift to Persuasion
Chapter 25. What Persuades a Court?
Chapter 26. Writing a Motion Memorandum

Part VII: Telling the Client’s Story
Chapter 27. The Statement of the Case in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 28. Developing a Persuasive Story
Chapter 29. Telling the Story Persuasively

Part VIII: Making the Client’s Arguments
Chapter 30. The Argument in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 31. Point Headings and Subheadings

Part IX: Appellate Briefs and Oral Argument
Chapter 32. Appellate Practice
Chapter 33. Writing the Appellate Brief
Chapter 34. Making Policy Arguments
Chapter 35. Questions Presented
Chapter 36. Oral Argument

Appendix A Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix B Sample Motion Memorandum
Appendix C Sample Appellate Brief


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Yes, congratulations! I received my desk copy yesterday and the book looks great! I've used Richard's other book for six years, but I just might switch!

Well done, Richard and Shelia!

Heather R. McCabe
Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing
Georgetown University Law Center

Posted by: Heather R. McCabe | Apr 18, 2008 4:47:58 AM

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