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A practical guide to appellate advocacy, 2d ed.


A practical guide to appellate advocacy, 2d ed.

Beazley, Mary Beth.

Aspen Publishers, Inc.


369 pages




In explaining why this guide to writing legal briefs for appellate courts is "practical," Beazley (law, Ohio State U.) emphasizes the need to recommend the time and other resources of both the writer and the reader/user (judges and their clerks). She also emphasizes the importance of following an effective writing process (e.g. deciding on authorities and arguments before worrying about grammar and the like). This process provides the structure for her text, which provides chapters on appellate jurisdiction and standards of review; pre- writing considerations; facing the blank page; drafting the argument; using case authority effectively; revision; following format rules; issue statements, statement of the case, summary of the argument, and point headings; making the document reader-friendly; exploiting opportunities for persuasion; polishing; oral argument; and moot court competitions.

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