Writing for the Court

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By James C. Raymond, Ph.D.

The title of this book is deliberately ambiguous. Judges write for the court. Their clerks write for the court. But counsel, too, are most effective when they write for the court – that is, when they assist the court in producing judgments that are persuasive, just, and likely to withstand scrutiny on appeal. For this reason, the structural, stylistic, and analytical advice given in this book applies  equally to writers on both sides of the bench. Writing for the Court consists of two sections:  Practice and Theory.

The advice given in Part I is both practical and original, emphasizing the  importance of issue identification as the first step in preparing a submission or a judgment.

Part II explains a radically innovative theory of language, law, and logic, placing legal reasoning between the more precise disciplines of science and mathematics and the freewheeling discourse of literature.

About Prof. Raymond

Professor James C. (Jim) Raymond is founder and president of the International Institute for Writing + Reasoning in New York.

Over the past thirty years, he has conducted programs for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, and the East African Court of Justice. He has lectured on legal writing and reasoning throughout the United States and in Antigua, Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the PRC, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
His publications include Clear Understandings: A Guide to Legal Writing (with Ronald L. Goldfarb); Writing is an Unnatural Act; Moves Writers Make; articles in the Pepperdine Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, The Judicial Review: Journal of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales; and numerous other books and essays.

Writing for the Court (Toronto: Carswell) is his most recent book.