Pocket Guide to Legal Writing

ISBN-10: 1401865976

ISBN-13: 9781401865979

Edition: 2006

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Description: The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by practicing paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys, and students. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions concerning the following subjects: sentence and paragraph drafting, word selection and usage, spelling, numbers, grammar, punctuation, legal citation, legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. It also includes a chapter on the location of various non fee-based internet and other computer based legal research sources. In addition is a chapter discussing the various time deadlines under federal rules of civil and criminal procedure. The book is color coded so information may be easily located and designed to lie flat on a desk next to a computer. It is written in a non technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by anyone working in a law office. It includes checklist for use in conjunction with the various types of legal writing.

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 8/5/2005
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Sentences and Paragraphs
Sentences
Structure/Pattern
Phrases and Clauses
Types and Classifications
Basic Rules and Problem Areas
Paragraphs
Topic Sentence
Body
Closing Sentence
Transition Words, Phrases, and Sentences
Paragraph Length
Word Selection and Usage, Spelling, Capitalization, Italics, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Word Selection and Usage
Noun/Verb Strings
Nominalizations
Legalese
Archaic Words/Excessive Verbiage
Sexist Language
Specific Words-Problem Areas
Spelling
Basic Spelling Rules
Plurals
Possessives
Numbers
Spelled-Out Numbers
Numbers at the Beginning of Sentences
Hyphenated Numbers
Plural and Possessive Numbers
Numbers That Appear Together
Capitalization
Sentences and Quoted Sentences
Proper Nouns
Titles
Words Following a Colon
Full and Short Names
Geographic Terms
Abbreviations
Titles
Organizations, Corporations, Countries, and Technical Terms
Times, Date, and Temperatures
Latin Abbreviations
Italics and Underlining
To Show Emphasis
Titles and Names
Words Used as Term
Foreign Words and Phrases
Formal Writing Conventions
Grammar
Subject/Verb Agreement
Person and Number
Subjects Joined by And
Subjects joined by Or or Nor
Compound Subject with Singular Meaning
Indefinite Pronouns in General
Indefinite Pronouns All, None, Most, Some, and Any
Plural Indefinite Pronouns
Collective Nouns
Plural Nouns Singular in Meaning
Titles and Company Names
Relative Pronouns-Which, Who, and That-Agreement with Antecedent
Relative Pronouns-Which, Who, and That-Proper Use
Where Subject Follows Verb
Plural Subject Followed by Each
Forms of Measurement or Amount
Science or Discipline Ending in -ics
Noun/Pronoun Agreement
Noun/Pronoun Agreement-General Rule
Indefinite Pronouns
Antecedents Joined by And
Antecedents Joined by Or or Nor
Pronoun Case
Pronouns and Infinitives
Number of a Pronoun That Refers to a Collective Noun
Pronoun Reference
Generic Nouns
Formal Writing and Placement of a Pronoun
Verb Tense and Superfluous Verbs
Verb Tense in General
Superfluous Verbs
Adverbs, Adjectives, and Conjunctions
Forming Adverbs and Improper Use of Adjectives
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Linking Verbs
Comparatives and Superlatives
Adverbs Used for Emphasis
Coordinating Conjunctions
Correlative Conjunctions
Parallel Construction
Modifiers and Infinitives
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Squinting Modifiers
Split Infinitives
Punctuation
Comma (,)
Semicolon (;)
Colon (:)
Apostrophe (')
Quotation Marks (" ")
Period (.)
Question Mark (?)
Exclamation Point (!)
Ellipses (...)
Brackets ([])
Parentheses (())
Hyphen (-)
Dash (-)
Slash (/)
Legal Citation
Introduction
In General
The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual
Primary Authority
Case Law-Bluebook R-10 & P1; ALWD-12
Constitutions-Bluebook R-11; ALWD-13
Statutory Law-Bluebook R-12 & P5; ALWD-14
Rules of Evidence and Procedure-Bluebook R-12.8.3; ALWD-17
Administrative Law-Bluebook R-14; ALWD-19
Secondary Authority
Annotated Law Reports-Bluebook R-16.6.5; ALWD-24
Legal Dictionary-Bluebook R-15.7; ALWD-25
Legal Encyclopedia-Bluebook R-15.7; ALWD-26
Periodicals-Law Review/Journal Citations-Bluebook R-16; ALWD-23
Restatements-Bluebook R-12.8.5; ALWD-27
Treatises/Books-Bluebook R-15; ALWD-22
General Rules of Citation
Typeface-Bluebook R-2 & P1; ALWD-1.1
Italics and Underlining-Bluebook P1; ALWD-1.3
Citation Placement in Sentences and Clauses-Bluebook P2; ALWD-43.1
Abbreviations-Bluebook R-6 and Tables T.5 to T.17; ALWD-2 and Appendices 3, 4, and 5
Capitalization-Bluebook R-8 & P6; ALWD-3
Quotations-Bluebook R-5; ALWD-47 to 49
Page Numbers (Pinpoint Citations)-Bluebook R-3.3 to 3.5; ALWD-5.2 to 5.4
String Citations-Bluebook R-1.1 & P.2.2; ALWD-43.3(A)
Short Citation Forms (Id., Supra and Hereinafter)-Bluebook R-4, P4, & P7; ALWD-11.2 to 11.4
Internal Cross-References (Supra and Infra)-Bluebook R-3.6; ALWD-10
Signals-Bluebook R-1.2 to 1.5; ALWD-44 to 46
Sections and Paragraphs ([section paragraph])-Bluebook R-3.4; ALWD-6
Electronic Sources-Bluebook R-18; ALWD-38 to 42
Key Points-Citation Checklist
Computer and Internet Research Web Sites
Introduction
Ethics
Limitations
Non-Fee-Based Law-Related Web Sites
Search Terms
General Access and Links
Federal Government Sources
State Sources
Secondary Authority and Specialty Areas
Listservs
Organizations
CD-ROMs
Key Points Checklist: Computers and Legal Research
Preparing to Write-The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing
Introduction
Legal Writing Process
Prewriting Stage
Writing Stage
Postwriting Stage
General Research Suggestions
Key Points Checklist: The Writing Process
Legal Correspondence
Introduction
Basic Components
Letterhead
Date
Method of Delivery
Recipient's Address Block
Reference (Re:) Line
Salutation
Body
Closing
Signature and Title
Reference Initials
Enclosure Notation
Others Receiving Copies
Format Style
General Considerations-All Correspondence
Types of Correspondence
Information Letter
Opinion Letter
Demand Letter
Key Points Checklist: Legal Correspondence
Legal Research Memorandum
Introduction
Prewriting Stage
Who Is the Audience?
Constraints on the Assignment
Organization of the Assignment
Sections of the Legal Research Memorandum
Heading
Statement of Assignment
Issue
Brief Answer
Statement of Facts
Analysis
Conclusion
Recommendations
General Considerations
Heading
Introductory Sentences
Transition Sentences
Paragraphs
Persuasive Precedent
Conclusions
Revisions/Redrafts
Additional Authority
Key Points Checklist: Legal Research Memorandum
Court Briefs
Introduction
General Considerations
Similarities-Court Briefs and Legal Research Memorandums
Dissimilarities-Court Briefs and Legal Research Memorandums
Trial Court Briefs
Audience
Constraints
Format/Content
Appellate Court Briefs
Audience
Constraints
Format/Content
Key Points Checklist: Court Brief
Correspondence
Legal Research Memorandum
Court Briefs
Glossary
Index
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