The Winning Oral Argument: Enduring Principles with Supporting Comments from the Literature, 2d edition, 2009
This book—essentially a “Restatement of the Principles of Oral Argument”—systematically collects the best advice on oral argument from more than 300 sources, both ancient and modern. The book consists of 82 boldly stated principles followed by supporting quotations from the vast literature on the art of persuasion. Any advocate, no matter how green or how seasoned, will find the wisdom in these pages to be a veritable gold mine.
Praise for The Winning Oral Argument:
“An extraordinary, comprehensive compendium of advice for the oral advocate — invaluable on every page. I cannot imagine not reading every word, and plan to make ample use of underscoring. It will remain on my desk within easy reach.” — Theodore B. Olson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, D.C.
“Put The Winning Oral Argument next to The Winning Brief on the appellate practitioner’s shelf of must-have books. And take these books off the shelf daily. Bryan Garner’s fresh, comprehensive, and authoritative approach to oral argument confirms his place as America’s leading expert on winning appellate strategies.” — William M. Hart, Meagher & Geer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“In this outstanding work, Bryan Garner cogently and concisely articulates the principles of successful oral argument. By offering a companion text to his equally brilliant book The Winning Brief, Garner again shows that he is one of the eminent scholars of advocacy in the United States.” — Jordan B. Cherrick, St. Louis, Missouri
“Bryan Garner’s masterwork, The Winning Brief, has changed the way lawyers write and think about writing. It has helped make better lawyers and better law. The Winning Oral Argument promises the same for oral advocacy. Garner has distilled the timeless advice of the finest judges and lawyers into basic principles of oral advocacy. These principles work. No advocate, no matter how experienced, should head off to an oral argument without reviewing its teachings.” — Clifton Elgarten, Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.