LawProse Lesson #172: What’s new in the third edition of “The Winning Brief”?

LawProse Lesson #172: What’s new in the third edition of “The Winning Brief”?

What’s new in the third edition of The Winning Brief?

Answer: Hot off the presses, the 775-page third edition contains nine new sections. This new material includes tips on understanding judges’ reading habits, answering opponents’ arguments, writing effective reply briefs, using authorities persuasively, and organizing arguments based on statutes and contracts.

The book also contains what Bryan Garner believes to be the best appellate brief ever written—coauthored by a third-year associate and a junior partner in a pro bono case. It’s the new Appendix C in the book, and everything in it is first rate: the table of contents, the issue statement, the introduction, the methodically researched body of the brief, and the conclusion. Every lawyer—no matter how experienced—can learn from it.

Speaking of tables of contents, Garner reproduces more than a dozen models from exemplary briefs to demonstrate how a good argument progresses from syllogistic presentation to demolition of opposing points. You’ll find insights here that are nowhere else as fully developed.

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