Practical Legal Writing for Legal Assistants -- Paperback

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This text is designed to cover all aspects of paralegal writing. It is intended not only as a text for paralegal instruction, but as a desk reference tool for practicing paralegals. It includes many practice examples and exercises in both the text and in the appendices. ALSO AVAILABLE (with Test Bank and Transparency Masters)ISBN: 0-314-06116-9

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Introduction 1 (6)
Fact Scenario 2 (5)
Communication Skills 7 (20)
Listening Skills 7 (1)
Oral Communication Skills 8 (1)
Note-Taking Skills 8 (2)
Dictation Skills 10 (4)
Dictation Equipment 11 (1)
Dictation Etiquette 11 (1)
Editing 11 (1)
Dictation Dos and Don'ts 11 (3)
Telephone Skills 14 (1)
Telephone Etiquette 14 (1)
Organizing Your Thoughts 14 (1)
Putting the Caller On Hold 14 (1)
Taking Notes during the Call 14 (1)
Ending the Telephone Call 15 (1)
Returning Calls Promptly 15 (1)
Communication Between Lawyers and Legal 15 (3)
Assistants
Paraphrasing 16 (1)
Clarification 16 (1)
Don't Be Afraid of Saying ``I Don't Know'' 16 (1)
Prioritizing Assignments 17 (1)
Receiving Criticism Constructively 18 (1)
Communication Between Legal Assistants and 18 (2)
Other Support Staff
Office Etiquette and Procedures 18 (1)
Handling Personnel Issues 19 (1)
Communication Between the Legal Assistant 20 (7)
and Client
Ethical Considerations 20 (3)
Client Communications 23 (4)
Legal Writing---The Basics 27 (24)
Keep It Simple 27 (7)
Eliminating Pomposity 28 (1)
Handling Jargon 29 (1)
Trimming Verbosity 29 (1)
Achieving Simplicity 30 (4)
Keep It Short 34 (2)
Writing Short Phrases 34 (1)
Writing Short Sentences 34 (1)
Writing Short Paragraphs 35 (1)
Eliminating Pleonasms 35 (1)
Keep It Professional 36 (5)
``Eschewing'' Legalese 36 (1)
Avoiding Babble 37 (1)
Using the Right Word 38 (3)
Using Correct Word Order 41 (1)
A Touch of Class 41 (4)
Avoiding Overemphasis 42 (1)
Using Repetition 42 (1)
Using Alliteration 42 (1)
Using Vivid Language 43 (1)
Using Quotations Sparingly 44 (1)
Proofread 45 (6)
Using a Proofreader 46 (1)
Reading Slowly 46 (5)
Grammar and Punctuation 51 (26)
Grammar 51 (14)
Pronoun References 51 (2)
Case Forms of Pronouns 53 (1)
Number 53 (2)
Singular and Plural 55 (1)
Active and Passive Voice 56 (1)
Mood 57 (1)
Double Negatives 58 (1)
Nominalization 58 (1)
Parallel Construction 59 (1)
Split Infinitives 59 (1)
Possessives 60 (1)
That or Which 60 (1)
Where, When, and In Which 60 (1)
Dangling Modifiers 61 (2)
Compound Words 63 (1)
Both...And 63 (1)
Run-On Sentences 64 (1)
Dangling Prepositions 64 (1)
Contractions 64 (1)
Whether (Or Not) 64 (1)
Punctuation 65 (6)
Commas 65 (1)
Semicolons 66 (1)
Colons 66 (1)
Quotation Marks 67 (1)
Dashes and Hyphens 67 (1)
Apostrophes 68 (1)
Parentheses 68 (1)
Brackets 68 (1)
Ellipses 69 (1)
Slashes 70 (1)
Capitalization 71 (6)
Proper Names 71 (1)
Titles 71 (6)
Correspondence and Internal Memorandums 77 (26)
Internal Memorandums 77 (4)
Uses for Memos 78 (1)
Deadline Ticklers 78 (1)
When to Write a Memo 79 (2)
Correspondence 81 (22)
Writing Letters 81 (8)
Formatting Letters 89 (4)
Writing Different Kinds of Letters 93 (10)
Legal Research 103(38)
Legal Authority 103(1)
Primary Authority 103(1)
Secondary Authority 104(1)
The Research Process 104(30)
Legal Encyclopedias and Treatises 104(1)
Corpus Juris Secundum 105(7)
Digests 112(3)
Case Law 115(6)
The Statutes 121(8)
Shepard's Citator 129(5)
Research Hints 134(7)
Citation Form 141(14)
The Bluebook 141(1)
Spacing in Citations 142(1)
Case Law 142(6)
Federal Cases 143(2)
State Cases 145(1)
Subsequent History of Cases 146(1)
Introductory Signals 146(1)
Short Citations 147(1)
Statutes 148(2)
Secondary Authority 150(2)
Treatises 150(1)
Legal Encyclopedias 151(1)
Legal Periodicals 151(1)
Local Rules and Customs 152(3)
Legal Analysis 155(9)
Case Briefs 156(8)
Facts 156(1)
Title and Citation 157(1)
Procedural History 158(1)
The Opinion 158(1)
Legal Theories of the Parties 159(1)
The Facts 160(1)
The Issues 161(1)
The Holding of the Court 162(1)
The Court's Rationale 163(1)
The Judgment 164(1)
Sample Case Briefs 164(19)
Legal Memorandum 183(44)
Cases 183(1)
Elements of the Legal Memorandum 184(9)
Heading or Caption 184(1)
Introduction 185(1)
Statement of Facts 185(1)
Questions Presented and Brief Answers 186(1)
Pertinent Statutes 187(1)
Discussion 187(5)
String Citations 192(1)
Conclusion 192(1)
Other Considerations 193(34)
Focus of the Memorandum 193(1)
Length of the Memorandum 193(1)
Designation of Parties, Events, 193(2)
Documents, and Things
Legal Authority 195(32)
Drafting Briefs 227(80)
Briefs 227(2)
Court Rules 228(1)
Brief Banks 229(1)
Trial Briefs 229(22)
Scheduling Conference and Order 229(4)
Pretrial Conference and Final Pretrial 233(6)
Order
Components of the Trial Brief 239(12)
Appellate Briefs 251(11)
The Parts of the Appellate Brief 252(10)
Finalizing and Preparing a Brief for Filing 262(45)
Checklist for Preparing and Filing a Brief 262(1)
Tips for Saving Space 263(44)
Pleadings 307(70)
Federal Courts 307(1)
Rules of Civil Procedure 307(1)
Pleadings 308(4)
Types of Pleadings 308(2)
Fact Pleadings and Notice Pleadings 310(1)
Boilerplate Pleadings 311(1)
General Format for Pleadings 312(10)
Caption or Style of the Case 312(1)
Title of the Pleading 313(1)
Body of the Pleading 314(6)
Signature Block 320(1)
Certificate of Service 321(1)
Service of Process 322(1)
Drafting Specific Pleadings 323(54)
Drafting the Complaint 323(7)
Filing Fees 330(1)
Filing the Complaint 330(4)
Checklist for Drafting and Filing to the 334(1)
Complaint
Drafting the Answer 335(5)
Checklist for Drafting an Answer to the 340(1)
Complaint
Drafting the Counterclaim or Cross-Claim 340(2)
Pleading Checklist 342(35)
Motions and Supporting Briefs 377(32)
Court Rules 377(2)
Requirements for Drafting Motions 378(1)
Setting the Motion for Hearing and Giving 378(1)
Notice to Opposing Counsel
Rule 11 379(1)
Drafting the Body of the Motion 379(3)
Motions That Require Supporting Briefs 382(20)
Motion to Compel Discovery 383(3)
Motion for Protective Order 386(1)
Motion for Sanctions 387(2)
Motion to Dismiss 389(5)
Motion for Summary Judgment 394(8)
Checklist for Completing Motions and 402(7)
Supporting Briefs
Drafting Discovery Documents 409
Discovery 409
Discovery Narrows the Issues 409
What Else Does Discovery Do? 409
Court Rules for Discovery 409
What Is Discoverable? 410
Relevance 410
Privilege 411
Discovery Strategy 411
Types of Discovery 412
Interrogatories---Rule 33, Fed. R. Civ. P. 412
Requests for Production of Documents (or 413
Tangible Things)---Rule 34, Fed. R. Civ.P.
Depositions---Rules 27, 28, 30, 31, and 413
32, Fed.R. Civ.P.
Request for Physical or Mental 413
Examination---Rule 35, Fed.R. Civ.P.
Request for Admissions---Rule 36, Fed.R. 414
Civ.P.
Applying Discovery Strategy 414
Interrogatories 415
Interrogatories May Be Served Only upon 416
Parties
Drafting and Responding to Interrogatories 416
Guidelines for Drafting Interrogatories 417
Limitation on the Number of 419
Interrogatories
Ladder or Branching Interrogatories 420
The Basic Structure of Interrogatories 420
Boilerplate Interrogatories 424
How to Find Out the Identity of Documents 425
and Witnesses
Expert Witnesses 426
Contention Interrogatories 428
Answers to Interrogatories 429
Signature, Verification, and Certificate 430
of Mailing
Requests for Production of Documents or 430
Things
Guidelines for Drafting Requests for 431
Production
Definitions and Instructions 431
Drafting the Requests for Production 432
Responses to Requests for Production 433
Depositions 434
Drafting Deposition Documents 434
Deposing Non-Party Witnesses 435
Summarizing Depositions 440
Requests for Physical or Mental Examination 443
Requests for Admissions 444
Drafting Requests for Admissions 445
Drafting Responses to Requests for 446
Admissions
Appendixes
Appendix A-Commonly Misspelled Words A-1
Appendix B-Which Preposition? B-1
Appendix C-Unnecessary Verbiage and Stuffy C-1
Words
Appendix D-Sample Case Brief D-1
Appendix E-Sample Legal Memorandum E-1
Appendix F-Brief Cheat Sheet F-1
Appendix G-Sample Trial Brief G-1
Appendix H-Motion for Protective Order and H-1
Supporting Brief
Appendix I-Deposition of Defendant I-1
Glossary Glossary-1
Index Index-1