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Legal Writing from the Ground Up: Process, Principles, and Possibilities

Tracy Turner


  • ISBN: 9781454852162

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    Legal Writing from the Ground Up: Process, Principles, and Possibilities breaks down legal writing into a step-by-step process but avoids a one-size-fits-all approach.  This book helps legal writing professors balance the need to encourage original and strategic thinking while providing guidance for students as they develop their legal writing skills. Tracy Turner writes with today’s generation of students in mind, and helps to arm student with specific and powerful tools without shackling their creativity.   

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    Page Count 464
    Published 01/15/2015
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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)
    Preface (PDF Download)

    Table of Contents

    Part I. The Fundamentals

    Section A. Thinking and Reading Like a Lawyer
    Chapter 1. Tools for Success
    Chapter 2. Lawyerly Logic

    Section B. Writing a Legal Analysis
    Chapter 3. The Context of Legal Writing
    Chapter 4. Writing About the Law
    Chapter 5. Writing About Your Case
    Chapter 6. Organizational Choices
    Chapter 7. The Pre-Writing Process
    Chapter 8. Citation Basics

    Section C. Setting the Stage for a Legal Analysis
    Chapter 9. Factual Narratives: Factual Background and Statement of Facts
    Chapter 10. Issue Identification: Issue Statements and Questions Presented

    Section D. The Discipline of Writing
    Chapter 11. Plain Ole Good Writing
    Chapter 12. Paragraph Structure

    Part II. Objective Legal Writing

    Chapter 13. Overview of Objective Legal Writing: The Legal Research Memorandum
    Chapter 14. The Brief Answer Section of a Legal Research Memorandum
    Chapter 15. The Analysis Section of a Legal Research Memorandum
    Chapter 16. The Conclusion Section of a Legal Research Memorandum

    Part III. Persuasive Legal Writing

    Chapter 17. Overview of Persuasive Legal Writing: Briefs
    Chapter 18. Writing a Persuasive Factual Narrative
    Chapter 19. The Argument Section of a Brief
    Chapter 20. Point Headings
    Chapter 21. Tables
    Chapter 22. Appellate Brief Conventions
    Chapter 23. A Memorandum of Points and Authorities

    Appendix A: Self-Test Answers
    Appendix B: Samples
    A. One-TRRRAAAC Legal Research Memorandum
    B. One-TRRRAAAC Legal Research Memorandum with Brief Answer (No Annotations)
    C. TRRRAAAC by Heading Legal Research Memorandum
    D. TRARARAC Legal Research Memorandum
    E. Appellee’s Brief
    F. Appellant’s Brief FRAP 28 Format
    G. Trial Brief 


  • Author Information

    Tracy L. Turner

    While pursuing both her undergraduate and law degrees, Professor Turner utilized her writing and editing skills as senior editor of Politica at Tufts and executive editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal, and as a volunteer with the Harvard Battered Women's Advocacy Project, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in protective custody in Boston. She also served as a legal clerk conducting research and drafting for the Connecticut State Attorney's Office and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

    Following law school, Professor Turner moved to Los Angeles and began her career in civil and appellate practice at the firms of Proskauer Rose and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where she handled labor and employment law cases. There she gained extensive experience in state and federal court litigation, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission investigations, National Labor Relations Board and workers' compensation hearings, National Association of Securities Dealers arbitrations, and private mediation. In 2001, she joined the firm of Horvitz & Levy as an appellate law associate handling cases in state and federal appellate courts involving medical malpractice, commercial disputes, consumer litigation, and employment policies and practices.

    Professor Turner joined Southwestern’s full-time legal research and writing faculty in 2004, and was appointed as Director of the Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills program in 2007. She has been a presenter at forums around the country including the Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, the Empire State Legal Writing Conference, and the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). She has served as a mentor for the LWI Mentoring Group Program.

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