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The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing

The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing
Product Code: 5110726
Author: Marie Buckley
Publication Date: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61632-965-5
Page Count: 270
Trim Size: 7 x 10
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Topics: Legal Research & Writing, Reference
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About The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing

The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing is a readable, concrete guide to contemporary legal writing. Based on Marie Buckley's years of experience coaching lawyers, this book provides a systematic approach to all forms of written communication, from memoranda and briefs to e-mail and blogs. The book sets forth three principles for powerful writing and shows how to apply those principles to develop a clean and confident style.
About the author

Marie Buckley is the founder of Legal Advocacy Workshops and has been training lawyers at major firms for over a decade. She has worked individually with over one thousand lawyers and lectures regularly on legal writing at law firms.

She graduated from Bowdoin College, magna cum laude, and from Boston University School of Law. Following law school, Marie was a litigator at a major Boston law firm and handled a wide variety of cases, including multi-million dollar contract disputes, failed acquisitions, pension disputes, anti-trust defenses, toxic torts, white-collar crime, SEC investigations and insurance fraud. She was also appointed Special Counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers. She has tried cases and argued in many courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Praise for The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing

"Marie Buckley's book is not only practical, but also lively and often delightful. I enthusiastically recommend it to any lawyer--and not just those who are starting out--who is interested in communicating clearly and persuasively."--The Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Judge, Massachusetts

"It's rare for a manual on writing--especially legal writing--to be so entertaining and enlightening that you don't want to put it down. Yet that's how I felt reading Marie Buckley's new book. Her principles for better writing are straightforward and easily applied, and are delivered with an ideal combination of precision and good humor. I would be thrilled to see this book on the shelf of every associate in my law firm."--Michael Tuteur, Litigation Department Chair, Foley & Lardner LLP

"Marie Buckley understands that legal writing is really about the reader. She has crafted a textbook that shows lawyers how to stop sounding like lawyers."--Tony Feeherry, Chair of General Litigation Group, Goodwin Procter

"Imagine learning cooking one-on-one from Julia Child or attending spring training side-by-side with Dustin Pedroia. This book guides you through the workroom of a master craftsman in the art of legal writing. Learn the tricks and techniques that turn a workmanlike brief into a persuasive tour de force. Compelling as a text and handy as a reference guide, this book is a 'must have' for all law firm associates."--Marie Lefton, Esq., Principal, Hoffman Alvary & Co. LLC, law firm management consultants

"Marie Buckley provides lawyers an eloquent instruction manual for clear and persuasive writing. Notably, she covers not just the workaday wordsmithery of briefs and memoranda, but also gives guidance for writing letters, emails and blogs. Throughout, her emphasis is on clarity and simplicity. This is a book not just for newer associates but for any lawyer who wants to be a better writer."--Robert J. Ambrogi, Law Office of Robert Ambrogi

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Chapter 1: Why Writing Matters PDF

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