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The Winning Brief


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Prologue (Tip 1) Composing in an Orderly, Sensible Way (Tips 2-10) Conveying the Big Picture (Tips 11-19) Marching Forward Through Sound Paragraphs (Tips 20-26) Editing for Brisk, Uncluttered Sentences (Tips 27-43) Choosing the Best Words (Tips 44-56) Punctuating for Clarity and Impact (Tips 57-62) Becoming Proficient in Designing Text (Tips 63-69) Sidestepping Some Common Quirks (Tips 70-84) Capitalizing on Little-Used Persuasive Strategies (Tips 85-91) Hitting Your Stride as a Brief-Writer (Tips 92-100) Appendix A: A before-and-after makeover of a motion to dismiss Appendix B: A petition for discretionary review Appendix C: A remarkable appellee's brief Select Bibliography Index

About the Author

A best-selling legal author with more than a dozen titles to his credit, Bryan Garner is also the editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary in all of its current editions. He has taught at numerous law schools, and is the president of LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based company that provides writing and drafting seminars to lawyers and judges throughout the United States.


"He is a word man without peer, and his usage and grammar rules are gospel." --The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process "All lawyers who rely upon written argument in their practices shoud have a copy of the book close at hand." --New York Law Journal "A thoroughly valuable and original reference for lawyers who want to win. It deserves a spot on every litigator's bookshelf." --The Federal Lawyer "All judges should attach a copy of The Winning Brief to each briefing schedule they order from the bench.... A valuable addition to any library with legal writing resources." --Legal Information ALERT "A book on 'writing' should be fun to read. In his book, Garner makes his teaching fun with the use of examples and quotations.... The more time you spend with this book, the more persuasive you arguments could be, whether in support of a motion or in support of habeas corpus." --The Colorado Lawyer "The profession badly needs an accessible primer for advice on and solutions to the most common problems. Bryan Garner's The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts is just such text. All lawyers who rely upon written argument in their practices shoud have a copy of the book close at hand." --New York Law Journal

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