Aspen Publishing

Putting Skills Into Practice: Legal Problem Solving and Writing for New Lawyers

Daniel L. Barnett


  • ISBN: 9781454818212

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    With a practical focus on persuasive writing strategy, Putting Skills Into Practice identifies and explores three processes of persuasive writing—logos, pathos, and ethos—and provides a thorough introduction to the elements of rhetorical style. This text fills a unique market niche for advanced legal writing courses that focus primarily on persuasive writing techniques.

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    Page Count 240
    Published 05/23/2014
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    Preface (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    INTRODUCTION The Lawyer as Writer: Applying Legal Writing Theory to Law Practice

    PART I ANALYSIS DEVELOPMENT Generating and Evaluating Legal Ideas

    CHAPTER 1 Analyzing Legal Questions
    CHAPTER 2 Cross-Decision Interpretive Analysis

    PART II THE DRAFTING STAGE Moving from Generating Ideas to Presenting Them

    CHAPTER 3 Using the Preliminary Drafting Stage: Understanding the Writing Process
    CHAPTER 4 Predictive Writing
    CHAPTER 5 Persuasive Writing
    CHAPTER 6 Fundamentals of Agreement Drafting

    PART III THE FINALIZING PHASE Perfecting the Presentation

    CHAPTER 7 Refining and Editing Legal Writing
    CHAPTER 8 Working with Feedback


    APPENDIX 1 Illustration of Cross-Decision Interpretive Analysis
    APPENDIX 2 Illustration of Handling Legal Ambiguities in Different Documents
    APPENDIX 3 Samples of Predictive Writing
    APPENDIX 4 Sample of Persuasive Writing
    APPENDIX 5 Sample Agreement


  • Author Information

    Daniel L. Barnett

    Dan Barnett joined William S. Richardson School of Law in 2014 from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was the Distinguished Professor of Legal Writing. Professor Barnett also taught at Boston College Law School for over twenty years, where he received the 2004 Boston College Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2007 Teaching with New Technology Award.

    Professor Barnett has been active with the Association of American Law Schools, serving as Chair of the Section on Legal Writing, Analysis and Research and Chair of the Task force on Military Recruiting—Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. He also was on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and was the National Coordinator of the Campaign to Repeal the Solomon Amendments.

    Professor Barnett’s scholarship focuses on student assessment, legal writing, and innovative methodologies in law school teaching. The critiquing workshops of the Legal Writing Institute Conference and the Association of American Law Schools Workshop for New Law Teachers are based on his article, Triage in the Trenches of the Legal Writing Course: The Theory and Methodology of Analytical Critique, 38 The University of Toledo Law Review 651 (2007).

    In addition to his teaching, Professor Barnett has developed a variety of training programs for practicing lawyers, including workshops for the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and several large law firms. In 2014, completed Putting Skills into Practice (Aspen Publishers 2014), an innovative book designed to help new practitioners make the transition from law school to practice.

    In 2002, Professor Barnett was the Visiting Professor of American Law at the University of Avignon, France. Before teaching, he practiced law at McDonough, Holland & Allen in Sacramento and Kutak Rock in New York and Omaha, specializing in corporate and securities law.

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