Thursday, April 17, 2008
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:
Chapter 1. Writing and Professional Work
Part I: Legal Rules and Their Sources
Part II: The Process of Writing
Part III: Office Memoranda
Part IV: Organizing Analysis
Part V: Working Effectively with Details
Part VI: The Shift to Persuasion
Part VII: Telling the Client’s Story
Part VIII: Making the Client’s Arguments
Part IX: Appellate Briefs and Oral Argument
Appendix A Sample Office Memorandum