Aspen Publishing

Your Client's Story: Persuasive Legal Writing, Second Edition

Ruth Anne Robbins, Ken Chestek, Steve Johansen


  • ISBN: 9781543803709

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  • Description

    Unlike most document-centric first-year legal writing texts, Your Client’s Story: Persuasive Legal Writing centers on the client, with a focus on ways to persuade the reader to grant the relief each client seeks. Organized to reflect the process, the text begins with meeting the client, moves to investigating the facts, and then provides guidance on analyzing and choosing the appropriate persuasive strategy. The material is rooted in concepts of brain science and cognitive psychology — and in an easy-to-read, conversational style shows how classical rhetoric and modern persuasion theory provide the foundation for memorable legal writing. Persuasion and argument presentation cover both the trial and appellate levels. By focusing on the process of persuasion, Your Client’s Story: Persuasive Legal Writing creates strong connections between the first year objectives and the upper level skills and clinic courses. Editable versions of the sample briefs appear in the appendices, so that professors can tailor to individual needs.

  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 9/14/2018
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 400
    Paperback: 9781543803709

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    Prologue: Clients, persuasion, and storytelling

    Part I: Introduction to storytelling and client-centered lawyering
    1: Meeting the client
    2: Understanding persuasion
    3: Story as a tool for persuasion

    Part II: Developing Your Client's Story
    4: Thinking about the audience
    5: Gathering and assessing facts
    6: Researching the client’s legal issue
    7: Representing your client, the protagonist
    8: Shadow stories and theme development

    Part III: Creating the working draft
    9: Creating the work draft of the Facts section
    9¾: Expressing the argument
    10: Working with the law, part I: Interpreting statutes
    11: Working with the law, part II: Creating policy arguments
    12: Working with the law, part III: Managing adverse material
    13: Working with the facts: Inferential reasoning
    14: Organizing the working draft of the argument

    Part IV: Revising, polishing and finishing
    15: Revising the Argument: Persuasive rule statements and other persuasion techniques
    16: Revising the story to strengthen the theme
    17: Making the first and last impressions: The Introduction and Conclusion sections
    18: The full contents of a brief
    19: Creating ethos: tone and branding by good visual design

    Part V: Oral argument
    20: Persuading in person: Oral argument

    Appendix A:   Defendant Arthur Beagle's motion for reconsideration
    Appendix B:   Plaintiff Elaina Hawthorne's brief in opposition to motion for reconsideration
    Appendix C:   Plaintiff's Brief in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment
    Appendix D:   Defendant's Brief in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment and in Support of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment


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