Basic Legal Research (2000) (Table of Contents)
Amy E. Sloan
This brand-new text concentrates exclusively on essential legal research skills to help instructors cover vital material in a shorter course.To achieve the appropriate balance between length and depth, and present a book that is both compact and accessibly, Sloan uses: Concise and basic coverage, ideally suited for courses that involve some independent study; A building-block approach that breaks the material into discrete and comprehensible parts as it creates a smooth, logical flow; Self-contained chapters that focus on individual research sources and research process, and can be used with a variety of instructional models, including process-oriented courses that integrate research and writing instruction; Excellent pedagogy, including end-of-chapter checklists and clear examples; Graphics that reinforce the material, such as summary charts, sample pages, and other examples of research sources; and A comprehensive chapter on computer research to reflect current methods and media.
The book opens with introductory material and then moves on to an examination of: generating search terms, secondary source research, case research, research with Shephard's Citations, statutory research, federal legislative history research, federal administrative law research, subject-matter service research, electronic legal research, and developing a research plan.
The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start of Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills and Leave a Positive Impression (2005) (Table of Contents)
Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk--in any situation. With practical advice and conversation "cheat sheets," The Fine Art of Small Talk will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss to an association event to a cocktail party where you don't know a soul.
The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work (2008) (Table of Contents)
We all know what it's like to put off an important conversation at work--whether asking for a raise or promotion, or telling an employee that there's a problem with his or her performance. Now Debra Fine, conversation and communication guru, shows us how to come out on top of those dreaded office chats--and how to achieve what we want in each situation. Debra includes specific advice on exactly what to say, when to say it, and what body language to use to achieve the desired results.
The Elements of Legal Style, Second Edition (Table of Contents)
Bryan A. Garner
Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and Antonin Scalia. If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest--and the most enjoyable--means to that end.
Getting to Resolution (2009) (Table of Contents)
Adversarial models for dealing with conflict waste time, money, and energy. They satisfy no one, so the conflict ends up resurfacing in a different form. Stewart Levine's "resolutionary" alternative goes beyond compromise and capitulation. He offers ten guiding principles that stop anger and resentment cold and enable both sides to return to productive, satisfying, functional relationships. Levine's seven-step conversational process fosters dignity and integrity, optimizes resources, and allows all concerns to be voiced, honored, and woven into the resolution. This second edition has been thoroughly revised with new examples; new tools; new material about communication, trust building, and virtual collaboration; and a more global look.
Getting to YES (1991) (Table of Contents)
Roger Fisher and William Ury
Getting to YES offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict—whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats. Based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, a group that deals continually with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution from domestic to business to international, Getting to YES tells you how to: separate the people from the problem; focus on interests, not positions; work together to create options that will satisfy both parties; and negotiate successfully with people who are more powerful, refuse to play by the rules, or resort to “dirty tricks.”
The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (2011) (Table of Contents)
Lenne Eidson Espenschied
Having the most compelling evidence and airtight argument does not mean you'll win your case if you cannot clearly and expertly express yourself. Using common examples from every-day legal documents, the Grammar and Writing Handbook shows you precisely which rules need to be followed, how to choose the coreect words, and the most effective way to structure every sentence. The book includes a brief history of the English language, as well as comprehensive information on: Parts of speech; Verb properties; Singular vs. plural; Punctuation and mechanics; Using words to convey meaning; Agreement; Composing sentences; Variety in composing sentences; Composing paragraphs; Composing a legal memorandum; Faux pas: miscellenea; and Extra credit for grammar maestros. This essential handbook also includes an appendix of common irregular verbs, and another appendix with a sample legal memorandum. The Grammar and Writing Handbook is the thorough resource you need that will help you compose more persuasive, stronger material that's flawlessly written--which can be the difference you need to win you the case or the client.
Hereof, Thereof, and Everywhereof (2008) (Table of Contents)
This update of Howard Darmstadter’s witty, accessible guide to legal drafting remind practitioners how best to choose their words, to compose clear and succinct sentences, to lay out their documents, and to decide which documents best serve a given scenario. This book may be unconventional, but it is a vital element of any lawyer’s library.
The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing (2011) (Table of Contents)
The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing is a readable, concrete guide to contemporary legal writing. Based on Marie Buckley's years of experience coaching lawyers, this book provides a systematic approach to all forms of written communication, from memoranda and briefs to e-mail and blogs. The book sets forth three principles for powerful writing and shows how to apply those principles to develop a clean and confident style.
The Modern Rules of Business Etiquette (2008) (Table of Contents)
Donna Gerson and David Gerson
This book will help you build better and deeper relationships, and feel more confident than you ever have, no matter what the business setting. This book is a valuable tool for all business professionals who recognize the important role interpersonal skills play in the success of their career, and their business. As society seems to continue to travel down a pathway of inappropriate and uninformed behavior, those who understand and implement correct principles of behavior from this book will leave their competitors in the dust and will thrive in the global marketplace of today.
Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition (2013) (Table of Contents)
Bryan A. Garner
The leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.
Now, Discover Your Strengths (2001) (Table of Contents)
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthFinder Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.So how does it work? This book contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful signature themes. Once you know which of the 34 themes—such as Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Futuristic, or Strategic—you lead with, the book will show you how to leverage them for powerful results at three levels: for your own development, for your success as a manager, and for the success of your organization.With accessible and profound insights on how to turn talents into strengths, and with the immediate on-line feedback of the StrengthsFinder at its core, Now, Discover Your Strengths is one of the most groundbreaking and useful business books ever written.
The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need (2003) (Table of Contents)
Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty
InThe Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Peter Stark and Jane Flaherty, celebrated consultants to some of the country's top companies, take the dread out of persuasion. Their 101 Winning Tactics make powerful negotiating skills easy and accessible, giving you tools and knowledge you can put to use right away. Each tactic is on a single page, with a clever and memorable name, a true-to-life example of how to use it, and suggested countertactics in case someone tries it on you. All 101 tactics are so accessible and empowering that you will find yourself using them immediately--and maybe not just at work.
The Way of the Lawyer (2010) (Table of Contents)
Chris Scott Graham
Since the dawn of civilization seemingly minor disagreements have blossomed into major disputes for a broad range of reasons. Today, the negotiated resolution of disputes in a business setting remains the preferred method of dispute resolution, and trial lawyers emerge as the modern samurai who will engage in battle on behalf of their client.
This engaging book is your battle manual for the art of war in the legal arena. Author Chris Scott Graham shares the skills you’ll need—developed and honed by trial lawyers over the years—to succeed in the battles you’ll undertake on behalf of your clients. More than mere knowledge of legal principles relating to evidence and procedure, this book supplies the insight and strategies gleaned through years of hard work and astute observation in the legal profession. In its fifty chapters, you’ll find concrete advice for negotiating, presenting, and litigating a case, many presented through fascinating real-world examples. Each chapter concludes with a succinct summary of the essential information it contains. Be prepared for your next legal duel with this essential resource.
The Winning Brief, Third Edition (2014) (Table of Contents)
Bryan A. Garner
This third edition of Bryan A. Garner's modern classic delivers the same invaluable guidelines with even more supporting evidence. Covering everything from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can capture a judge's attention from the first few words, these tips add up to the most compelling, orderly, and visually appealing brief that an advocate can present. An invaluable resource for attorneys, law clerks, judges, paralegals, law students and their teachers, The Winning Brief has the qualities that make all of Garner's books so popular: authority, accessibility, and page after page of techniques that work. If you're writing to win a case, this book shouldn't merely be on your shelf--it should be open on your desk.
Writing Shorter Legal Documents (2011) (Table of Contents)
Sandra J. Oster, Ph.D., JD
In a legal document, in accordance with federal, state, and local court rules, every letter and space is important. Writing Shorter Legal Documents is a concise, practical handbook that explains how to reduce the length of your legal documents quickly and efficiently. It is a collection of advice to keep you within grammatical and court rules, for both length and construction, while preserving and even clarifying the legal argument.The author, a lawyer with a Ph.D. in discourse linguistics, has divided 35 precise strategies into five chapters: An approach to Shorten Legal Documents; Revising Terminology; Revising Lists, Phrases, and Sentences; Changing the Appearance of Text on the Page; and Cutting Content.