A Litigator's Guide to Building Your Best Argument (Paperback)
Through the sheer volume of litigation facing the courts, complete, concise, and well-reasoned arguments are demanded of today's lawyers. Both trial and appellate benches are more dependent than ever on well-prepared written arguments of counsel, particularly because many decisions occur without any oral argument. In cases where oral argument is permitted, there are additional challenges including rigid time constraints that make every statement count. A Litigator's Guide to Building Your Best Argument, Second Edition, provides guidance on how to highlight the relevant facts and to competently and clearly explain how the applicable body of law governs the case. This second edition of Building Your Best Argument includes three new chapters on the adversarial process, trial and appellate briefs, and oral arguments. Also new are numerous instructive sidebars and an appendix with four model briefs that practitioners will find most useful.
Cecil C. Kuhne, III is a litigator in the Dallas office of Norton Rose Fulbright.