The Art of Advocacy presents roughly 150 short examples of great advocacy to show lawyers how to write winning motions and briefs. The book focuses on the strategic, substantive, and organizational choices that lawyers make as opposed to the prose in individual sentences—the narrower subject that preoccupies much of the field of legal writing. Most of the examples in The Art of Advocacy come from controversial cases, such as the battle over “Obamacare,” Facebook’s battle with the Winklevoss twins, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Citizens United and corporate speech, Apple’s patent battle with Samsung, and multiple cases about gay rights, religious rights, and affirmative action. Detailed annotations give readers insight into what makes each document so effective.
Perhaps most notably, the book spends seven chapters showing how to build different types of arguments, making it the most extensive exploration offered by any book about how to write the Argument section of a motion or brief. It also presents a host of storytelling, stylistic, and organizational strategies, as well previously unpublished advice about written advocacy from 1957 that was prepared for a private audience by Karl Llewellyn, the preeminent scholar of judicial behavior.
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