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Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy in Trial and Appellate Courts
McGeorge School of Law Teaching Materials
  • Michael Vitiello, University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Michael R. Fontham, Tulane University
Applicable to all legal writing and speaking, and includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other situations. Students are given a clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument, from the selection of a main theme, to the employment of research, language, and speaking skills that achieve a clear, persuasive legal message. Step-by-step, they learn to organize, prepare, and present winning written and oral arguments. Detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice shows how important it is to consider the judge’s time and perspective when preparing an argument. Concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file are liberally spread throughout the text along with extensive advice for editing Sophisticated, realistic litigation problems in the accompanying Case Files help put principles in practice and allow instructors a great deal of flexibility. Each case file is accompanied by its own Teacher’s Manual. Technological developments are explored, including electronic filing, video conference oral arguments, and electronic research. The revised Third Edition presents updated and expanded information on electronic filings as well as rule updates, especially local rule issues, and an updated, two-color design.
Publication Date
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business,

Michael Vitiello and Michael R. Fontham, Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy in Trial and Appellate Courts (Wolters Kluwer, 3d ed. 2013).

Citation Information
Michael Vitiello and Michael R. Fontham. Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy in Trial and Appellate Courts. New York(2013)
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