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Oral Argument Texts and Treatises
The texts below contain extensive if not exclusive treatment of oral argument. Many of the general texts on appellate advocacy also cover oral argument, so don't overlook those. The texts below are listed in alphabetical order.
The Articulate Advocate by
Call Number: K 2251. J64
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
1. Your body -- 2. Your brain -- 3. Your voice -- 4. How to practice -- 5. Applying your skills at trial -- Appendix 1. Speaker's checklist -- Appendix 2. Video self-review checklist -- Appendix 3. Essential delivery skills while sitting for arbitration -- Appendix 4. Essential delivery skills to argue a motion or appeal.
Brief Writing and Oral Argument by
Call Number: KF 251 .R4 Law Main Stacks
Publication Date: 2005-08-05
This book is another of the texts that serve as course books for appellate advocacy classes. The authors, a retired judge and a veteran trial lawyer, lead the reader through each step of the legal writing and oral argument process highlighting and addressing the nuances of trial practice as only a veteran judge and lawyer can.
Effective Lawyering: a Checklist Approach to Legal Writing and Oral Argument by
Call Number: KF 250 .P37
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
This book is designed for practitioners and law students who want to be refreshed on the basics of effective lawyering: fundamentals that they most likely learned in the first year of law school, but perhaps have forgotten. The book provides the reader with a series of checklists to turn to when undertaking a writing project or preparing for oral argument.
The Little Book on Oral Argument 2nd ed. by
Call Number: Law Library Reserve Semester KF8870 .D89 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Introduction -- Nervousness -- Preparation -- Style -- Delivery -- Substance -- Structure -- Questions -- Rebuttal -- Conclusion.
This book is designed to introduce and cover its subject in a simple and entertaining, yet comprehensive, way. It contains chapters on such topics as style, substance, structure, questions, and rebuttal to explain effective approaches to this peculiar form of conversation.--Publisher.
Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy 3rd by
Call Number: KF 8870 .F74 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Part I. Introduction and historical overview. 1. Introduction -- 2. A brief history of oral argument in the Supreme Court -- Part II. Preparation for oral argument. 3. Beginning the preparation process -- 4. Types of questions commonly asked -- 5. Moot courts -- 6. After the moot courts: the final few days -- Part III. Presentation of oral argument. 7. Basic approaches to oral argument -- 8. Common mistakes in oral arguments -- 9. Attributes of the best advocates -- Part IV. Appendices. A. Checklists -- B. Openings -- C. Examples of effective mid-argument advocacy techniques -- D. Model rebuttals.
The Winning Oral Argument: Enduring Principles with Supporting Comments from the Literature by
Call Number: KF 8870 .G37
Publication Date: 2009-04-22
The author has collected and arranged the most important, interesting, and penetrating statements from judges and lawyers about how to conduct an oral argument. Each didactic principle is stated, briefly explained, and then illustrated with quotations from a dazzling array of sources, ancient and modern.