- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199943850
- ISBN-13: 978-0199943852
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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."
"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
--Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson "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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Moving onto my first point, the book outlines the components of a well-structured brief from beginning to end. The front and back covers contain an "outline" not dissimilar to a table of contents, and that outline effectively gives you a checklist to go through while writing your brief or motion. If you are stuck on a particular section like the introduction or the statement of facts, you can easily hop into the table of contents and just jump to the relevant section.
Onto my second point, as you are reading through each chapter in the book, the author will supply excerpts from actual briefs while bolding and emphasizing the concepts that particular section is teaching you so that you may see the lesson in action. He then expands on those points immediately following the excerpt and goes on to explain why he emphasized certain words or phrases. This makes following along very easy, even if the actual subject matter of the brief goes over your head (I admire IP lawyers more now than I did before I read this book). Furthermore, the brief excerpts are from heavy hitters who definitely know their way around Microsoft Word, so the examples you're being taught with are written by some of the best advocates in the country. The author even gives grammatical lessons or suggestions to help get a point across more clearly which is really nice because it humanizes the big shot advocates. I am happy to know that even the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS sometimes makes grammatical errors in his writing too.
Lastly, the book is so well written that it's just really easy to get through. I got through a hundred pages or so within the first day, and should be finishing the book in a couple of days.
All in all, I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to improve their legal writing. The first way to win in court is through your brief, and the second way is through oral arguments. If an attorney can persuade the court before they even appear in front of the judge, half the battle has already been won. Five out of five stars.
Guberman not only teaches good writing styles, but also gives useful tips on citations and footnotes in the lawyer’s submissions (or briefs). If all lawyers read and practise what this book advises, archaic and often dull and unintelligible legal writing will disappear.
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.