- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195394879
- ISBN-13: 978-0195394870
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The only way to teach students how to be effective legal writers is to immerse them in as much outstanding legal writing as possible. By concentrating so much great written advocacy so compactly--and by focusing readers' attention so precisely on the qualities that make the selected texts so compelling--this book supplies an indispensable tool to those engaged in the craft of making excellent lawyers." --Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Yale Law School "Effective advocacy consists of a skillful blend of clear language and a sense of dramatic structure. Guberman's exemplars demonstrate again and again how to transform an otherwise ordinary case into a morality tale with a happy ending." --Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson"A must for the library of veteran litigators and aspiring moot court competitors. Ross Guberman teaches the art of persuasive legal writing with lively quotes from top-notch briefs, coupled with his own insights and recommendations." --Stephen Shapiro, Senior Member, Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation group, Mayer Brown"I love this book and recommend it for everyone. Ross Guberman's bag of tricks will spiff up your writing. He shares 50 techniques, and then-the fun part-he offers choice nuggets to show you how the hot shots pull it off." --Ronald Marmer, Chair-Elect, ABA Section on Litigation; Partner, Jenner & Block"Point Made is writing-nerd nirvana...It instantly won a place on my short list of favorite legal-writing books." --Jay O'Keeffe, DeNovo A Virginia Appellate Law Blog "Entertaining and informative...a smart approach to writing persuasive legal briefs. Rather than lecturing the reader about what to do, Point Made shows you how the headline lawyers do it." --Steven R. Merican, Illinois Appellate Lawyer Blog "[Guberman] doesn't just tell you what to do: he shows you...I learned a lot from reading Ross's book; I think you will too." --Raymond Ward, the (new) legal writer "I've seen no other book so clearly provide concrete and diverse examples of 'what this stuff' should look and sound like when it's done right... [my] revision radically improved...incredibly helpful." --Wendy McGuire Coats, the Ninth "I am loathe to come across so effusive in my praise of the book, as to appear biased. But I can't help but highly recommend the book, it's that good. If you want to improve your legal writing, pick up a copy of Point Made ." --Keith Lee, An Associate's Mind"Just by reading the book, lawyers and legal writers at all stages of their careers can cull from Guberman's advice valuable lessons that are easy to remember and simple to apply. For these reasons, Point Made would make an excellent addition to any law school, law firm, court, or academic library collection." -- Julie Graves Krishnaswami, Law Library Journal "Both novel and helpful...Point Made provides much food for thought for the experienced advocate...Guberman provides sound advice supported by the practice of the best in the business." -- ABA "Guberman has assembled example after example of creative, clever, clear, common-sense legal writing. He's compiled in one book the great writing that will cause a legal writer to sigh, 'I wish I'd written that.' But he did not stop there. Guberman has written a useable handbook that will aid the writer in crafting similar envy worthy moments of argument...Guberman's techniques provide immediate ways to improve, tighten, and enliven the language and persuasive force of your prose." --Wendy McGuire Coats, Appellate Issues Spring 2012, ABA
About the Author
Ross Guberman is president of Legal Writing Pro, an advanced legal-writing training and consulting firm. He has worked with thousands of attorneys at more than 100 of the world's largest and most prestigious law firms and for dozens of state and federal agencies and bar associations. Guberman is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, and he holds degrees from Yale, the Sorbonne, and The University of Chicago Law School. Before founding Legal Writing Pro, Guberman worked as a musician, lawyer, translator, editor, and journalist. He has also commented on law, business, and lawyer development for major newspapers, radio stations, trade publications, and television networks, and he has addressed several major international conferences as well.
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I like how the author has carefully thought about the entire writing process from beginning till end and has addressed each stage of the process. Thus, if you find yourself in need of inspiration anywhere in the writing process from developing the theme to stating the conclusion, an example is available in this book to help get your creative juices going again. Well done.
For Persuasive Writing:
This book is geared toward writing you might be submitting to court. It has some helpful suggestions about how to make your writing clear, concise and powerful. Lots of analyzed examples but the ideas may be hard to incorporate into your writing.
For memo writing, this book is probably of marginal value. You might be able to incorporate some of the ideas about organization. Outside of that, the book is aiming at a different target.
Keep in mind that everyone has different preferences, and your professor may not like this books suggestions. So... know your audience.
After law school, when I started working at a large law firm known in part for its high-profile appellate practice, I found that many of the associates had well-worn copies of this book on their shelves. And when I swap recommendations for writing books with other young lawyers, this book is on everyone's list. Rightly so.
What makes this book so good? For one, anyone reading a legal brief or a judicial opinion written by a respected lawyer or jurist will quickly spot many of Guberman's techniques at work--and after reading this book, picking out a bad brief is painfully easy. What is more, the book is simply a pleasure to read: it is well-organized; it is written in propulsive prose; and it plucks startlingly clear illustrations of Guberman's techniques from star briefs. Many misconceptions about good legal writing--commonly held by young lawyers--are put to bed in this outstanding book.
You will find yourself coming back to this book again and again. And, like me, you'll eagerly await his next effort.
I won't try to write more here, lest I violate a rule Ross tried to teach me.
And now the genius of that course has been condensed into a pithy book for just a fraction of the price of his seminar. Point Made will reward anyone who spends time with it. If you want to learn exactly how to write briefs that leap off the page like the best legal advocates in the country, you absolutely need to get this book. It is an instant classic in the field of legal writing, and I hope a sequel is on the way soon.