Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A new book by Ross Guberman, president of Legal Writing Pro, is titled Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates. It’s structured around examples and small bites of information rather than lengthier prose, which makes it seem somewhat disjointed. But the examples are rich: drawn from motions and briefs by fifty outstanding lawyers, including David Boies, Barack Obama, Ted Olson, and John Roberts, they illustrate topics such as “Show, Not Tell” and “Zingers: Colorful Verbs.” Guberman suggests that readers use the book as a reference to look up particular problems—or simply read it in sequence. With either approach, the book is likely to furnish legal writing professors with some pithy examples.