The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing, Spiral bound Version

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2005-08-05
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by practicing paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys, and students. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions concerning the following subjects: sentence and paragraph drafting, word selection and usage, spelling, numbers, grammar, punctuation, legal citation, legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. It also includes a chapter on the location of various non fee-based internet and other computer based legal research sources. In addition is a chapter discussing the various time deadlines under federal rules of civil and criminal procedure. The book is color coded so information may be easily located and designed to lie flat on a desk next to a computer. It is written in a non technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by anyone working in a law office. It includes checklist for use in conjunction with the various types of legal writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Authorp. xvii
Sentences and Paragraphsp. 1
Sentencesp. 1
Structure/Patternp. 1
Phrases and Clausesp. 2
Types and Classificationsp. 4
Basic Rules and Problem Areasp. 6
Paragraphsp. 16
Topic Sentencep. 17
Bodyp. 17
Closing Sentencep. 18
Transition Words, Phrases, and Sentencesp. 18
Paragraph Lengthp. 19
Word Selection and Usage, Spelling, Capitalization, Italics, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Word Selection and Usagep. 21
Noun/Verb Stringsp. 21
Nominalizationsp. 22
Legalesep. 22
Archaic Words/Excessive Verbiagep. 23
Sexist Languagep. 23
Specific Words-Problem Areasp. 25
Spellingp. 28
Basic Spelling Rulesp. 29
Pluralsp. 31
Possessivesp. 33
Numbersp. 35
Spelled-Out Numbersp. 35
Numbers at the Beginning of Sentencesp. 36
Hyphenated Numbersp. 36
Plural and Possessive Numbersp. 37
Numbers That Appear Togetherp. 37
Capitalizationp. 38
Sentences and Quoted Sentencesp. 38
Proper Nounsp. 39
Titlesp. 39
Words Following a Colonp. 41
Full and Short Namesp. 41
Geographic Termsp. 41
Abbreviationsp. 42
Titlesp. 42
Organizations, Corporations, Countries, and Technical Termsp. 43
Times, Date, and Temperaturesp. 43
Latin Abbreviationsp. 43
Italics and Underliningp. 44
To Show Emphasisp. 44
Titles and Namesp. 45
Words Used as Termp. 45
Foreign Words and Phrasesp. 45
Formal Writing Conventionsp. 46
Grammarp. 47
Subject/Verb Agreementp. 47
Person and Numberp. 47
Subjects Joined by Andp. 48
Subjects joined by Or or Norp. 48
Compound Subject with Singular Meaningp. 48
Indefinite Pronouns in Generalp. 49
Indefinite Pronouns All, None, Most, Some, and Anyp. 49
Plural Indefinite Pronounsp. 49
Collective Nounsp. 49
Plural Nouns Singular in Meaningp. 50
Titles and Company Namesp. 50
Relative Pronouns-Which, Who, and That-Agreement with Antecedentp. 50
Relative Pronouns-Which, Who, and That-Proper Usep. 51
Where Subject Follows Verbp. 52
Plural Subject Followed by Eachp. 52
Forms of Measurement or Amountp. 53
Science or Discipline Ending in -icsp. 53
Noun/Pronoun Agreementp. 53
Noun/Pronoun Agreement-General Rulep. 53
Indefinite Pronounsp. 54
Antecedents Joined by Andp. 54
Antecedents Joined by Or or Norp. 54
Pronoun Casep. 55
Pronouns and Infinitivesp. 58
Number of a Pronoun That Refers to a Collective Nounp. 58
Pronoun Referencep. 58
Generic Nounsp. 60
Formal Writing and Placement of a Pronounp. 60
Verb Tense and Superfluous Verbsp. 60
Verb Tense in Generalp. 60
Superfluous Verbsp. 61
Adverbs, Adjectives, and Conjunctionsp. 62
Forming Adverbs and Improper Use of Adjectivesp. 62
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Linking Verbsp. 63
Comparatives and Superlativesp. 63
Adverbs Used for Emphasisp. 64
Coordinating Conjunctionsp. 64
Correlative Conjunctionsp. 65
Parallel Constructionp. 65
Modifiers and Infinitivesp. 66
Misplaced Modifiersp. 66
Dangling Modifiersp. 67
Squinting Modifiersp. 67
Split Infinitivesp. 68
Punctuationp. 69
Comma (,)p. 69
Semicolon (;)p. 73
Colon (:)p. 75
Apostrophe (')p. 76
Quotation Marks (" ")p. 76
Period (.)p. 78
Question Mark (?)p. 80
Exclamation Point (!)p. 81
Ellipses (...)p. 81
Brackets ([])p. 82
Parentheses (())p. 83
Hyphen (-)p. 84
Dash (-)p. 86
Slash (/)p. 86
Legal Citationp. 89
Introductionp. 89
In Generalp. 89
The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manualp. 90
Primary Authorityp. 91
Case Law-Bluebook R-10 & P1; ALWD-12p. 92
Constitutions-Bluebook R-11; ALWD-13p. 103
Statutory Law-Bluebook R-12 & P5; ALWD-14p. 103
Rules of Evidence and Procedure-Bluebook R-12.8.3; ALWD-17p. 107
Administrative Law-Bluebook R-14; ALWD-19p. 108
Secondary Authorityp. 108
Annotated Law Reports-Bluebook R-16.6.5; ALWD-24p. 109
Legal Dictionary-Bluebook R-15.7; ALWD-25p. 110
Legal Encyclopedia-Bluebook R-15.7; ALWD-26p. 111
Periodicals-Law Review/Journal Citations-Bluebook R-16; ALWD-23p. 112
Restatements-Bluebook R-12.8.5; ALWD-27p. 112
Treatises/Books-Bluebook R-15; ALWD-22p. 113
General Rules of Citationp. 114
Typeface-Bluebook R-2 & P1; ALWD-1.1p. 114
Italics and Underlining-Bluebook P1; ALWD-1.3p. 114
Citation Placement in Sentences and Clauses-Bluebook P2; ALWD-43.1p. 115
Abbreviations-Bluebook R-6 and Tables T.5 to T.17; ALWD-2 and Appendices 3, 4, and 5p. 116
Capitalization-Bluebook R-8 & P6; ALWD-3p. 118
Quotations-Bluebook R-5; ALWD-47 to 49p. 119
Page Numbers (Pinpoint Citations)-Bluebook R-3.3 to 3.5; ALWD-5.2 to 5.4p. 124
String Citations-Bluebook R-1.1 & P.2.2; ALWD-43.3(A)p. 126
Short Citation Forms (Id., Supra and Hereinafter)-Bluebook R-4, P4, & P7; ALWD-11.2 to 11.4p. 126
Internal Cross-References (Supra and Infra)-Bluebook R-3.6; ALWD-10p. 128
Signals-Bluebook R-1.2 to 1.5; ALWD-44 to 46p. 129
Sections and Paragraphs ([section paragraph])-Bluebook R-3.4; ALWD-6p. 130
Electronic Sources-Bluebook R-18; ALWD-38 to 42p. 132
Key Points-Citation Checklistp. 134
Computer and Internet Research Web Sitesp. 135
Introductionp. 135
Ethicsp. 136
Limitationsp. 136
Non-Fee-Based Law-Related Web Sitesp. 137
Search Termsp. 137
General Access and Linksp. 138
Federal Government Sourcesp. 139
State Sourcesp. 142
Secondary Authority and Specialty Areasp. 143
Listservsp. 146
Organizationsp. 146
CD-ROMsp. 147
Key Points Checklist: Computers and Legal Researchp. 147
Preparing to Write-The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writingp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Legal Writing Processp. 149
Prewriting Stagep. 153
Writing Stagep. 166
Postwriting Stagep. 167
General Research Suggestionsp. 168
Key Points Checklist: The Writing Processp. 170
Legal Correspondencep. 171
Introductionp. 171
Basic Componentsp. 172
Letterheadp. 173
Datep. 173
Method of Deliveryp. 173
Recipient's Address Blockp. 173
Reference (Re:) Linep. 174
Salutationp. 174
Bodyp. 174
Closingp. 176
Signature and Titlep. 176
Reference Initialsp. 176
Enclosure Notationp. 177
Others Receiving Copiesp. 177
Format Stylep. 177
General Considerations-All Correspondencep. 177
Types of Correspondencep. 178
Information Letterp. 179
Opinion Letterp. 181
Demand Letterp. 185
Key Points Checklist: Legal Correspondencep. 188
Legal Research Memorandump. 189
Introductionp. 189
Prewriting Stagep. 190
Who Is the Audience?p. 190
Constraints on the Assignmentp. 190
Organization of the Assignmentp. 190
Sections of the Legal Research Memorandump. 192
Headingp. 193
Statement of Assignmentp. 194
Issuep. 195
Brief Answerp. 198
Statement of Factsp. 200
Analysisp. 205
Conclusionp. 217
Recommendationsp. 218
General Considerationsp. 219
Headingp. 219
Introductory Sentencesp. 220
Transition Sentencesp. 220
Paragraphsp. 221
Persuasive Precedentp. 221
Conclusionsp. 222
Revisions/Redraftsp. 222
Additional Authorityp. 222
Key Points Checklist: Legal Research Memorandump. 223
Court Briefsp. 225
Introductionp. 225
General Considerationsp. 225
Similarities-Court Briefs and Legal Research Memorandumsp. 226
Dissimilarities-Court Briefs and Legal Research Memorandumsp. 226
Trial Court Briefsp. 237
Audiencep. 238
Constraintsp. 239
Format/Contentp. 239
Appellate Court Briefsp. 244
Audiencep. 245
Constraintsp. 245
Format/Contentp. 246
Key Points Checklist: Court Briefp. 248
Correspondencep. 251
Legal Research Memorandump. 257
Court Briefsp. 265
Glossaryp. 277
Indexp. 287
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"Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by legal students, practicing paralegals, legal assistants, and attorneys. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions. The book is color coded to allow for ease of locating information. It is written in a non-technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by any student or anyone working in the law office."--BOOK JACKET.

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