Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges

Making Your Case The Art of Persuading Judges In their professional lives courtroom lawyers must do these two things well speak persuasively and write persuasively In this noteworthy book two of the most noted legal writers of our day Justice An

  • Title: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges
  • Author: Antonin Scalia
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  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In their professional lives courtroom lawyers must do these two things well speak persuasively and write persuasively In this noteworthy book, two of the most noted legal writers of our day Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A Garner systematically present every important idea about judicial persuasion in a fresh, entertaining way Making Your Case The Art of PersuadingIn their professional lives courtroom lawyers must do these two things well speak persuasively and write persuasively In this noteworthy book, two of the most noted legal writers of our day Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A Garner systematically present every important idea about judicial persuasion in a fresh, entertaining way Making Your Case The Art of Persuading Judges is a guide for novice and experienced litigators alike It covers the essentials of sound legal reasoning, including how to develop the syllogism that underlies any argument From there the authors explain the art of brief writing, especially what to include and what to omit, so that you can induce the judge to focus closely on your arguments Finally, they show what it takes to succeed in oral argument The opinions of Justice Scalia are legendary for their sharp insights, biting wit, and memorable phrasing The writings of Bryan A Garner, editor in chief of Black s Law Dictionary , are respected inside and outside legal circles for their practical guidance on the art of writing and advocacy Together the Scalia Garner team has produced a fresh, innovative approach to a timeless topic.

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    1. Garner and Scalia provide an easily-digestible and very readable compendium of tips and insights on, first and foremost, endearing one's self to a court. This is not a book about legal philosophy, but rather how to be an advocate that is useful to the judge(s) before whom you may appear, and in doing so, how to cultivate a reputation of professionalism and competence that will make you a more effective advocate in the long-term.Although much of the advice is common sense (i.e. arrive at court on [...]

    2. Disclaimer: I am not an attorney, however, I am employed by a law firm. Among my many tasks, I am their librarian, a role I begged to hold despite not having all the official alphabet soup most legal librarians possess. The following review is mine and my thoughts and opinions alone (as they all are). Late last year I saw announcements of this title in various publications. While reviewing my 2009 budget and various reviews to see the benefit of this book to our shelves an associate requested it [...]

    3. Wow, Scalia was such a smarmy guy. I've been reading a lot of legal stuff that criticizes the system or suggests how things could work better. With that context, this book's "go along to get along" instruction is kind of jarring but very useful. I also highly recommend Bryan Garner in any writing. He's got a decent sense of humor and is more modern and aesthetic than Scalia. There are a few sections where they fight things out entertainingly, if you are the kind of person who can find entertainm [...]

    4. This book came out right before my first state supreme court argument. As much as I dislike Scalia's politics and Garner's self-importance, it's a great little reference book. It's a quick read and actually fairly entertaining.

    5. In the Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says of Justice Scalia, "He might not be someone you like but is certainly someone you must respect". The quote represents the gist of this book. While some of the pieces of advice out of the co-authors 115 nuggets of wisdom seem counter-intuitive or downright hypocritical coming from Scalia's pen (Section 99 about usage of humor and Section 110 about dealing with difficult judges are shining examples). but overall as a guide on how to be a good Appellat [...]

    6. Interesting Quotes:"Your objective in every argument, therefore, is to show yourself worthy of trust and affection. Trust is lost by dissembling or conveying false information—not just intentionally but even carelessly; by mischaracterizing precedent to suit your case; by making arguments that could appeal only to the stupid or uninformed; by ignoring rather than confronting whatever weighs against your case. Trust is won by fairly presenting the facts of the case and honestly characterizing t [...]

    7. Legal writing expert Bryan Garner and Justice Antonin Scalia combined forces to produce this book about the art of legal argumentation, both written and oral. While it will probably be of interest mostly to lawyers, it still has a lot of useful material for anyone who makes a living by either spoken or written persuasion. It is clearly written and offers numerous practical tips on how to best make your case. The non-lawyer readers can just skip over the stuff that is obviously intended specifica [...]

    8. I enjoyed reading this book because it highlighted some important aspects of writing and arguing as a lawyer. It gave practical advice about how to write a great brief and argue before a judge. I found the details about grammar and vocabulary to be incredibily helpful because some lawyers prefer for young lawyers to write one way yet law school and this book teaches you another way. For example, Justice Scalia states that you should make a complex subject simple by using clear short sentences. H [...]

    9. Another great book co-authored by Bryan Garner. I love his writing style. Precise, simple, press-through, and crisp. Only people with very clear mind can achieve it. He writes simply because he has thought.I am not a lawyer, and my career has nothing to do with court or legal. But I recommend all this book to all knowledge worker who's main deliverable is their thought. Here are the reasons:First, the book gives very practical guidance and principles of writing, presenting, and arguing your case [...]

    10. Definitely a must-read for anyone in law school or graduated. Helps you learn how to "hone-in" on your audience, usually a judge for your legal briefs and presentations. Helps you to prepare a concise and well-researched legal case. I'm reading it because it looked interesting. (I've been reading a few of Adam's law books here and there -- the one on Tort law was also interesting.) Scalia is just a brilliant man with a biting wit. I've read a few of his supreme court case decisions and he calls [...]

    11. For me this book is the new "Stephen King on Writing". While it is not a writing guide or a style manual, watching a master wordsmith bring his A game to the court day after day is mad instructional. Again, let me stress that I think his political leanings are nightmarish, but god, I really am in hearts with his writing. I love his clean, cheeky, dynamic style and nuanced consideration that goes into writing at this well. I love reading his decisions; always have, so this book was a real treat f [...]

    12. Antonin Scalia isn't one of my favorites as Supreme Court justices go, "originalist" that he is. However, as I'm reading this book, I'm coming to see how much goes into the development of case law, and what is expected when one presents a case before appellate courts. It offers insights into the thinking and processes of adjudication, and how one can present compelling arguments, not only before the bench, but in almost any situation.

    13. Written for lawyers but applicable to the professions in general, Making Your Case is full of good advice for argumentation, reasoning and writing. Hands down, the best persuasive argumentation today occurs before the appellate courts, and Scalia and Garner explain how to do it. They are masters of clarity, brevity, and reason. And they're funny. The book has 115 short chapters. It's easy to jump around in, reading what applies and skipping what doesn't.

    14. Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner wrote a great book here, and I don't know how it could be improved upon. Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges gives any lawyer helpful advice on how to be a more persuasive lawyer. The book would be indispensable for any lawyer in training or lawyer who would like to brush up on some court room preparation, procedure, argumentation, etc. The book is quite literally exhaustive.

    15. Another forced class read but enjoyed nonetheless.This book about the art of legal argumentation, both written and oral. Is clearly written & offers numerous practical tips on how to make the best argument you can in both writing and spoken. It's beneficial for future lawyers, lawyers and anyone else that makes a living through spoken or written persuasion (if they skip over the technical law things they don't need).

    16. I will admit that I didn't read the section of the book about writing briefs. I'm not a lawyer and that portion just didn't apply to what my kids are doing in the class where I'm using this.The overall lessons of the book (how to structure your thinking, how judges make decisions, etc.) were applicable to anyone who engages in any form of persuasion and the book is engagingly written. No one is more surprised that I'm recommending Antonin Scalia than me.

    17. The best concise book I've read on what arguments, techniques, and briefing formats are most persuasive to judges. Anyone more interested in a more complete treatment of good briefing practices should also read Garner's "The Winning Brief." I've already assigned them both to our interns this summer to read.

    18. great for me, but non-attys won't find much here. i keep it at the office, i think the oral argument section will be helpful to review in preparation for them.Read all the way thru now and picked up for parts of it since. If you are an appellate attorney, read it.otherwise, read about Scalia, more entertaining!

    19. Add a star if you're a law student or lawyer, subtract one if you're not. A pretty solid advice manual about law things -- worth it primarily for Justice Scalia's rant against contractions in legal briefs (I disagree with him, in this point as in many others, but he is certainly an expert in making his point forcefully!).

    20. There are two books in this very short book. One book is a series of useful advocacy tips. The other book is Justice Scalia's pet peeves about Supreme Court advocates he has seen and not liked. There are a lot of tips here aimed directly at things that most lawyers will never see or dream of. Those are sometimes more interesting. Most of the tips are either useful or vague.

    21. If you're a lawyer who makes arguments of any kind, this book is essential. If you're a lawyer who writes, this book will make you a better lawyer. If you like to argue and the law interests you, this book is a great read from a curmudgeonly justice and the top linguistic and legal writing authority.

    22. I've written a LOT of briefs, but I still found some useful tips in this book. It was written in an entertaining style as well, and I always think it's useful and interesting to hear from judges about what they want to see in a brief.I've recommended this to other attorneys I work with.

    23. Good advice. Some is obvious, some insn't. But all of it is stuff that legal people should be reminded of now and again. And by legal people I mean people who make the law their career, not as in opposed to illegal people because that is a whole separate topic.

    24. Not happy. Certainly that is because I have (1) read all of Garner's books and (2) read many of Scalia's opinions. Because of that, this was mostly repetitive and, sadly, watered-down to reach a larger audience.

    25. whether or not you agree with all the tips in this book its pretty much manditory that you pay attention. garner may be the best legal writer alive and scalia is well a supreme court justice. next time I argue anything ill give this book another glance. definitely worth the time

    26. This book is like eating your vegetables. It's plain and boring, but you know it's good for you.While 'Making Your Case' is quite dry, it provides important factors that I've never considered. Therefore, a worthwhile book.

    27. I read this book three times in a two week period.arch for work. It is really well done, obviously not for everyone. Very simple and concise, but it leaves you with an enormous bibliography if you want to delve deeper.

    28. I was surprised at the format of this book. It's organized as a reference book rather than a narrative. Extremely helpful for all stages of the process, from writing a brief to the oral argument. I wish I'd had it during my first year of law school.

    29. Some bits of the advice should be, as with any advice, taken with a grain of salt, but overall straightforward, concise, and solidly practical. A should-read for any young attorney, I think, even one like me who hopes to never have to show up for oral argument in an actual courtroom.

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