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Persuasive Legal Writing: A Storytelling Approach

Camille Lamar Campbell, Olympia R. Duhart


  • ISBN: 9781454827023

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    Storytelling is recognized as a powerful tool in legal advocacy. PERSUASIVE LEGAL WRITING: A Storytelling Approach shows students how to use those techniques to write strong and effective briefs and correspondence. Within a narrative framework that highlights the intuitive nature of storytelling, authors Campbell and Duhart draw on familiar literary and cultural genres to build on students’ foundation of knowledge. With detailed guidance to editing, revising, time management, and learning strategies, PERSUASIVE LEGAL WRITING represents a complete set of tools for budding legal writers. 

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    Page Count 352
    Published 02/02/2017
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    Summary of Contents

    Table of Contents
    How to Use this Book

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Legal Storytelling
    Chapter 2 Transitioning from Objective Writing to Legal Storytelling
    Chapter 3 Brainstorming Legal Arguments: Assembling the Story's Building Blocks
    Chapter 4 Developing a Theory and Theme: Creating the Story's Framework

    Chapter 5 Creating Ethos Through Document Design: Clearing a Path for the Judge
    Chapter 6 Showcasing the Theory and Theme: Drafting Introductions and Conclusions
    Chapter 7 Harnessing the Power of Suggestion: Drafting the Statement of Facts
    Chapter 8 Substantiating the Client's Desired Resolution: The Argument Section
    Chapter 9 Storytelling at the Appellate Level: Understanding the Difference between Trial and Appellate Briefs

    Chapter 10 Delivering a Cohesive Story Through Strong Editing: Hands-on Tips for Large-Scale and Small-Scale Revisions

    Chapter 11 Organizing, Practicing, and Delivering an Effective Oral Argument to Sell Your Story
    Chapter 12 Managing the Story: Developing Effective Time Management Skills
    Chapter 13 Modifying the Story for the Workplace: Guidelines for Strong Letters and Professional E-mails

    Sample 1 Sample Motion Brief in Opposition to Summary Judgment
    Sample 2 Sample Motion Brief in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment

    Appendix A CREAC for Beginners: A Guide to Understanding the Mnemonic
    Appendix B Side-by-Side Objective and Persuasive CREAC Comparison
    Appendix C Side-by-Side Introduction Comparison
    Appendix D Side-by-Side Statement of Facts Comparison
    Appendix E Side-by-Side Status Quo Comparison
    Appendix F Side-by-Side Policy Argument Comparison 35
    Appendix G Sample Oral Argument Opening


  • Author Information

    Camille Lamar Campbell

    P. Camille Lamar is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law where she teaches Lawyering Skills & Values I and II. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Professor Lamar was an adjunct professor at the Miles College School of Law where she designed the school’s first comprehensive legal research and writing curriculum. A member of the bar since 1996, Professor Lamar has broad practice experience in a variety of legal areas. For seven years, Professor Lamar worked for the federal judiciary, first as a law clerk for a United States Magistrate Judge and then, as a staff attorney for a United States District Judge. In both positions, Professor Lamar prepared memorandum opinions on a broad spectrum of federal litigation, including school desegregation cases, civil rights cases, securities class actions, and employment discrimination cases. While in private practice, Professor Lamar represented tenured teachers, school administrators, and educational support staff on behalf of the Alabama Education Association. Professor Lamar also prosecuted misdemeanor cases and de novo appeals as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Anniston, Alabama. Professor Lamar’s scholarship interests focus primarily on Learning Theory and Education Law, particularly issues relating to equity in funding and educational opportunities for disabled and economically disadvantaged stu

    Olympia Duhart

    Olympia Duhart is Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Research and Writing ("LRW") Program at the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Professor Duhart teaches LRW I, LRW II, Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, and Women & the Law. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, the Advisory Board for the LexisNexis Publications Advisory Board, and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She is a coach for the Moot Court Society. She was also appointed to serve on the Grievance Committee for the 17th Circuit &"D” for the Florida Bar. In January 2014, Professor Duhart began her two-year term as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She serves with Professor Ruben Garcia of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Before joining the faculty at NSU, Professor Duhart was a founding member of the Critical Skills Program at Nova. Previously, she worked as an attorney in the litigation department at Ruden McClosky. She also spent several years doing pro bono work with the Florida Innocence Project. Prior to attending law school, Professor Duhart taught in the English department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Professor Duhart also worked as a staff reporter for The Miami Herald, where she covered municipal government and schools. Her articles have appeared in national print and in online magazines. She continues to contribute to blogs, including the NAACP Defenders Online, the SALTLAW blog and The Huffington Post.

    Professor Duhart’s scholarship focuses government accountability for historically marginalized groups of people. She has published extensively on Hurricane Katrina survivors. She has most recently written about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans and members of the military. She also served as a member of the Editorial Board for Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Teaching: A Critical Reader. In addition, Professor Duhart has written in the areas of active learning, assessments, and teaching methods. She is the co-author (along with Thomas Baker, William Araiza and Steve Friedland) of Skills and Values: Constitutional Law.

    Professor Duhart graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, where she was a Goodwin Scholar. She earned her B.A. in English, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Professor Duhart has conducted presentations on teaching methods for law professors at conferences hosted by the Legal Writing Institute, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, and the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, among others. In 2009 and 2012, Professor Duhart was recognized as NSU’s recipient for the Association of American Law Schools Award for Teaching. She was also named Professor of the Year by the NSU Student Bar Association in 2012. In 2014, Duhart won the Stephanie Aleong Impact Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has had an impact on a law student who exemplifies compassion, industry and community service. In 2014, Professor Duhart was named to the Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal educa

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