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The Art of Advocacy—A New Book by Lecturer Noah Messing ’00

In his new book, Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing Noah Messing ’00 presents more than 150 examples of masterful advocacy to show lawyers how to write winning motions and briefs. Titled The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America’s Best Lawyers (Aspen Publishers, 2013), the book focuses on the strategic and substantive choices that top litigators make, drawing examples from important, timely, and controversial cases. Detailed annotations give readers insight into what makes each document so effective.

Messing presents a host of storytelling, stylistic, and organizational strategies, and it spends seven chapters showing how to build different types of arguments, making it the most extensive exploration offered by any book in the field about how to write the “Argument” section of a motion or brief.

The Appendices provide a wealth of additional resources, including Karl Llwellyn’s previously unpublished advice from 1957 about the art of advocacy, which Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77 called the “best advice on legal writing I’ve ever seen.”

Read more about Noah Messing and the art of teaching legal writing.