9780314061157

Practical Legal Writing for Legal Assistants

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  • ISBN13:

    9780314061157

  • ISBN10:

    0314061150

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-02-02
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Summary

This text is designed to cover all aspects of paralegal writing. It is intended not only as a text for paralegal instruction, but as a desk reference tool for practicing paralegals. It includes many practice examples and exercises in both the text and in the appendices. ALSO AVAILABLE INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Instructors Manual - (with Test Bank and Transparency Masters)ISBN: 0-314-06116-9

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction
1(6)
Fact Scenario
2(5)
Communication Skills
7(20)
Listening Skills
7(1)
Oral Communication Skills
8(1)
Note-Taking Skills
8(2)
Dictation Skills
10(4)
Dictation Equipment
11(1)
Dictation Etiquette
11(1)
Editing
11(1)
Dictation Dos and Don'ts
11(3)
Telephone Skills
14(1)
Telephone Etiquette
14(1)
Organizing Your Thoughts
14(1)
Putting the Caller On Hold
14(1)
Taking Notes during the Call
14(1)
Ending the Telephone Call
15(1)
Returning Calls Promptly
15(1)
Communication Between Lawyers and Legal Assistants
15(3)
Paraphrasing
16(1)
Clarification
16(1)
Don't Be Afraid of Saying ``I Don't Know''
16(1)
Prioritizing Assignments
17(1)
Receiving Criticism Constructively
18(1)
Communication Between Legal Assistants and Other Support Staff
18(2)
Office Etiquette and Procedures
18(1)
Handling Personnel Issues
19(1)
Communication Between the Legal Assistant and Client
20(7)
Ethical Considerations
20(3)
Client Communications
23(4)
Legal Writing---The Basics
27(24)
Keep It Simple
27(7)
Eliminating Pomposity
28(1)
Handling Jargon
29(1)
Trimming Verbosity
29(1)
Achieving Simplicity
30(4)
Keep It Short
34(2)
Writing Short Phrases
34(1)
Writing Short Sentences
34(1)
Writing Short Paragraphs
35(1)
Eliminating Pleonasms
35(1)
Keep It Professional
36(5)
``Eschewing'' Legalese
36(1)
Avoiding Babble
37(1)
Using the Right Word
38(3)
Using Correct Word Order
41(1)
A Touch of Class
41(4)
Avoiding Overemphasis
42(1)
Using Repetition
42(1)
Using Alliteration
42(1)
Using Vivid Language
43(1)
Using Quotations Sparingly
44(1)
Proofread
45(6)
Using a Proofreader
46(1)
Reading Slowly
46(5)
Grammar and Punctuation
51(26)
Grammar
51(14)
Pronoun References
51(2)
Case Forms of Pronouns
53(1)
Number
53(2)
Singular and Plural
55(1)
Active and Passive Voice
56(1)
Mood
57(1)
Double Negatives
58(1)
Nominalization
58(1)
Parallel Construction
59(1)
Split Infinitives
59(1)
Possessives
60(1)
That or Which
60(1)
Where, When, and In Which
60(1)
Dangling Modifiers
61(2)
Compound Words
63(1)
Both...And
63(1)
Run-On Sentences
64(1)
Dangling Prepositions
64(1)
Contractions
64(1)
Whether (Or Not)
64(1)
Punctuation
65(6)
Commas
65(1)
Semicolons
66(1)
Colons
66(1)
Quotation Marks
67(1)
Dashes and Hyphens
67(1)
Apostrophes
68(1)
Parentheses
68(1)
Brackets
68(1)
Ellipses
69(1)
Slashes
70(1)
Capitalization
71(6)
Proper Names
71(1)
Titles
71(6)
Correspondence and Internal Memorandums
77(26)
Internal Memorandums
77(4)
Uses for Memos
78(1)
Deadline Ticklers
78(1)
When to Write a Memo
79(2)
Correspondence
81(22)
Writing Letters
81(8)
Formatting Letters
89(4)
Writing Different Kinds of Letters
93(10)
Legal Research
103(38)
Legal Authority
103(1)
Primary Authority
103(1)
Secondary Authority
104(1)
The Research Process
104(30)
Legal Encyclopedias and Treatises
104(1)
Corpus Juris Secundum
105(7)
Digests
112(3)
Case Law
115(6)
The Statutes
121(8)
Shepard's Citator
129(5)
Research Hints
134(7)
Citation Form
141(14)
The Bluebook
141(1)
Spacing in Citations
142(1)
Case Law
142(6)
Federal Cases
143(2)
State Cases
145(1)
Subsequent History of Cases
146(1)
Introductory Signals
146(1)
Short Citations
147(1)
Statutes
148(2)
Secondary Authority
150(2)
Treatises
150(1)
Legal Encyclopedias
151(1)
Legal Periodicals
151(1)
Local Rules and Customs
152(3)
Legal Analysis
155(9)
Case Briefs
156(8)
Facts
156(1)
Title and Citation
157(1)
Procedural History
158(1)
The Opinion
158(1)
Legal Theories of the Parties
159(1)
The Facts
160(1)
The Issues
161(1)
The Holding of the Court
162(1)
The Court's Rationale
163(1)
The Judgment
164(1)
Sample Case Briefs
164(19)
Legal Memorandum
183(44)
Cases
183(1)
Elements of the Legal Memorandum
184(9)
Heading or Caption
184(1)
Introduction
185(1)
Statement of Facts
185(1)
Questions Presented and Brief Answers
186(1)
Pertinent Statutes
187(1)
Discussion
187(5)
String Citations
192(1)
Conclusion
192(1)
Other Considerations
193(34)
Focus of the Memorandum
193(1)
Length of the Memorandum
193(1)
Designation of Parties, Events, Documents, and Things
193(2)
Legal Authority
195(32)
Drafting Briefs
227(80)
Briefs
227(2)
Court Rules
228(1)
Brief Banks
229(1)
Trial Briefs
229(22)
Scheduling Conference and Order
229(4)
Pretrial Conference and Final Pretrial Order
233(6)
Components of the Trial Brief
239(12)
Appellate Briefs
251(11)
The Parts of the Appellate Brief
252(10)
Finalizing and Preparing a Brief for Filing
262(45)
Checklist for Preparing and Filing a Brief
262(1)
Tips for Saving Space
263(44)
Pleadings
307(70)
Federal Courts
307(1)
Rules of Civil Procedure
307(1)
Pleadings
308(4)
Types of Pleadings
308(2)
Fact Pleadings and Notice Pleadings
310(1)
Boilerplate Pleadings
311(1)
General Format for Pleadings
312(10)
Caption or Style of the Case
312(1)
Title of the Pleading
313(1)
Body of the Pleading
314(6)
Signature Block
320(1)
Certificate of Service
321(1)
Service of Process
322(1)
Drafting Specific Pleadings
323(54)
Drafting the Complaint
323(7)
Filing Fees
330(1)
Filing the Complaint
330(4)
Checklist for Drafting and Filing to the Complaint
334(1)
Drafting the Answer
335(5)
Checklist for Drafting an Answer to the Complaint
340(1)
Drafting the Counterclaim or Cross-Claim
340(2)
Pleading Checklist
342(35)
Motions and Supporting Briefs
377(32)
Court Rules
377(2)
Requirements for Drafting Motions
378(1)
Setting the Motion for Hearing and Giving Notice to Opposing Counsel
378(1)
Rule 11
379(1)
Drafting the Body of the Motion
379(3)
Motions That Require Supporting Briefs
382(20)
Motion to Compel Discovery
383(3)
Motion for Protective Order
386(1)
Motion for Sanctions
387(2)
Motion to Dismiss
389(5)
Motion for Summary Judgment
394(8)
Checklist for Completing Motions and Supporting Briefs
402(7)
Drafting Discovery Documents
409
Discovery
409
Discovery Narrows the Issues
409
What Else Does Discovery Do?
409
Court Rules for Discovery
409
What Is Discoverable?
410
Relevance
410
Privilege
411
Discovery Strategy
411
Types of Discovery
412
Interrogatories---Rule 33, Fed. R. Civ. P.
412
Requests for Production of Documents (or Tangible Things)---Rule 34, Fed. R. Civ.P.
413
Depositions---Rules 27, 28, 30, 31, and 32, Fed.R. Civ.P.
413
Request for Physical or Mental Examination---Rule 35, Fed.R. Civ.P.
413
Request for Admissions---Rule 36, Fed.R. Civ.P.
414
Applying Discovery Strategy
414
Interrogatories
415
Interrogatories May Be Served Only upon Parties
416
Drafting and Responding to Interrogatories
416
Guidelines for Drafting Interrogatories
417
Limitation on the Number of Interrogatories
419
Ladder or Branching Interrogatories
420
The Basic Structure of Interrogatories
420
Boilerplate Interrogatories
424
How to Find Out the Identity of Documents and Witnesses
425
Expert Witnesses
426
Contention Interrogatories
428
Answers to Interrogatories
429
Signature, Verification, and Certificate of Mailing
430
Requests for Production of Documents or Things
430
Guidelines for Drafting Requests for Production
431
Definitions and Instructions
431
Drafting the Requests for Production
432
Responses to Requests for Production
433
Depositions
434
Drafting Deposition Documents
434
Deposing Non-Party Witnesses
435
Summarizing Depositions
440
Requests for Physical or Mental Examination
443
Requests for Admissions
444
Drafting Requests for Admissions
445
Drafting Responses to Requests for Admissions
446
Appendixes
Appendix A-Commonly Misspelled Words
A-1
Appendix B-Which Preposition?
B-1
Appendix C-Unnecessary Verbiage and Stuffy Words
C-1
Appendix D-Sample Case Brief
D-1
Appendix E-Sample Legal Memorandum
E-1
Appendix F-Brief Cheat Sheet
F-1
Appendix G-Sample Trial Brief
G-1
Appendix H-Motion for Protective Order and Supporting Brief
H-1
Appendix I-Deposition of Defendant
I-1
Glossary Glossary-1
Index Index-1

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