The Legal Analyst

The Legal Analyst Author Ward Farnsworth
ISBN-10 9780226238364
Year 2008-09-15
Pages 326
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for thinking about law. From classic ideas in game theory such as the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” and the “Stag Hunt” to psychological principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen other such principles, Farnsworth’s guide leads readers through the fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language and illustrated with a wide range of examples. The Legal Analyst is an indispensable user’s manual for law students, experienced practitioners seeking a one-stop guide to legal principles, or anyone else with an interest in the law.

The Legal Analyst

The Legal Analyst Author Ward Farnsworth
ISBN-10 UOM:39015068814717
Year 2007-06-15
Pages 341
Language en
Publisher
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Ex ante and ex post -- The idea of efficiency -- Thinking at the margin -- The single owner -- The least cost avoider -- Administrative cost -- Rents -- The coase theorem -- Agency (with Eric Posner) -- The prisoner's dilemma -- Public goods -- The stag hunt -- Chicken -- Cascades -- Voting paradoxes -- Suppressed markets (with Saul Levmore) -- Rules and standards -- Slippery slopes (with Eugene Volokh) -- Acoustic separation -- Property rules and liability rules -- Baselines -- Willingness to pay and willingness to accept : the endowment effect and kindred ideas -- Hindsight bias -- Framing effects -- Anchoring -- Self-serving bias, with a note on attribution error -- Presumptions -- Standards of proof -- The product rule -- The base rate -- Value and markets

Farnsworth s Classical English Rhetoric

Farnsworth s Classical English Rhetoric Author Ward Farnsworth
ISBN-10 9781567923858
Year 2011
Pages 253
Language en
Publisher David R. Godine Publisher
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Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are beautiful, effective, and memorable. What are the secrets of this alchemy? Part of the answer lies in rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying great aesthetic principles -- repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise -- to a simple sentence or paragraph. Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoricrecovers this knowledge for our times. It amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by Churchill and Lincoln, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Paine, and more than a hundred others. The book organizes a vast range of examples from those sources into eighteen chapters that illustrate and analyze the most valuable rhetorical devices with unprecedented clarity. The result is an indispensable source of pleasure and instruction for all lovers of English.

Torts

Torts Author Ward Farnsworth
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105063936517
Year 2004
Pages 792
Language en
Publisher Aspen Law & Business
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Ward Farnsworth and Mark F. Grady's Torts: Cases and Questions is an ingenious new casebook that uses pairs and clusters of cases to build students' analytical skills as they master the fundamentals of tort law. This refreshing new approach is designed for classroom effectiveness: Pairs or clusters of cases that have similar facts but reach different results help students detect and discuss the analogies and distinctions between them. Carefully chosen, memorable cases -- both classic and contemporary stimulate active student engagement and lively class discussion. Plentiful intermediate-length cases -- shorter than lead cases, but more detailed than note cases -- give students a broad survey of the field. Problems interspersed throughout the book help students develop the skills they need for exams. The authors also address the needs and preferences of instructors: The casebook's approach is compatible with any emphasis, whether doctrinal economic or philosophical. An extensive Teacher's Manual provides ideas for question and possible answers. Until you examine Torts: Cases and Questions, you haven't seen what's really new in torts casebooks this year.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Thinking Like a Lawyer Author Kenneth J. Vandevelde
ISBN-10 9780813345253
Year 2010-12-28
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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When Kenneth J. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer first published, it became an instant classic, considered by many to be the gold standard introduction to legal reasoning. In this long-awaited second edition, intended for fans of the original and a new generation of lawyers, Vandevelde expands his classic work with useful revisions and updates throughout. Law students, law professors, and lawyers frequently refer to the process of “thinking like a lawyer,” but attempts to analyze in any systematic way what is meant by that phrase are rare. Vandevelde defines this elusive phrase and identifies the techniques involved in thinking like a lawyer. Unlike most legal writings, plagued by difficult, virtually incomprehensible language, Vandevelde's work is accessible and clearly written. The second edition features new sections on the legislative process—describing step-by-step how legislation is enacted—and the judicial process—describing step-by-step how a case is litigated in court. Other new sections address the significance of dissenting and concurring opinions as well as the role of cognitive bias in factual determinations and on persuading a jury, on burdens of proof, and on presumptions. A new chapter provides contemporary perspectives on legal reasoning, which includes new material on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and the economics of law. A new appendix is intended for prospective law students, explaining how readers can use the techniques in the book to help them excel in law school. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer will help students, lawyers, and lay readers alike gain important insight into a well-developed and valuable way of thinking. Professors and students will find the book useful in almost any introductory law course at the graduate level and in advanced undergraduate courses on law.

In the Shadow of the Law

In the Shadow of the Law Author Kermit Roosevelt
ISBN-10 9780374261870
Year 2005
Pages 370
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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A group of attorneys is assigned to two controversial and difficult cases, a pro bono death-penalty case in Virginia and a class-action lawsuit against a Texas chemical plant following an on-site explosion that killed dozens of workers, in a vivid, insider's novel about the effects of the law on lawyers, as well as on communities and private citizens. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

A Nation Under Lawyers

A Nation Under Lawyers Author Mary Ann Glendon
ISBN-10 0674601386
Year 1996
Pages 331
Language en
Publisher Harvard University Press
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Offering a guided tour through the maze of the late-twentieth-century legal world, in which even lawyers themselves can lose their bearings, Glendon depicts the legal profession as a system in turbulence, where a variety of beliefs and ideals are vying for dominance. "Glendon's analysis has historical depth and ideologial subtlety".--Publishers Weekly. 8 illustrations.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Thinking Like a Lawyer Author Frederick Schauer
ISBN-10 9780674032705
Year 2009-04-27
Pages 239
Language en
Publisher Harvard University Press
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This primer on legal reasoning is aimed at law students and upper-level undergraduates. But it is also an original exposition of basic legal concepts that scholars and lawyers will find stimulating. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions, legal facts, and burden of proof.

Getting to Maybe

Getting to Maybe Author Richard Michael Fischl
ISBN-10 9781611632170
Year 1999-05-01
Pages 348
Language en
Publisher Carolina Academic Press
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Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader’s performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for “right answers,” and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such perplexing situations. But the authors don’t stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage. In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance. “This book should revolutionize the ordeal of studying for law school exams… Its clear, insightful, fun to read, and right on the money.” — Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School “Finally a study aid that takes legal theory seriously… Students who master these lessons will surely write better exams. More importantly, they will also learn to be better lawyers.” — Steven L. Winter, Brooklyn Law School “If you can't spot a 'fork in the law' or a 'fork in the facts' in an exam hypothetical, get this book. If you don’t know how to play 'Czar of the Universe' on law school exams (or why), get this book. And if you do want to learn how to think like a lawyer—a good one—get this book. It's, quite simply, stone cold brilliant.” — Pierre Schlag, University of Colorado School of Law (Law Preview Book Review on The Princeton Review website) Attend a Getting to Maybe seminar! Click here for more information.

Principles of Corporate Finance Law

Principles of Corporate Finance Law Author Eilis Ferran
ISBN-10 9780199671359
Year 2014-03
Pages 477
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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With the additional contribution of Look Chan Ho, an expert in the field of corporate finance, this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Ferran's 'Principles of Corporate Finance Law' explores the relationship between law and finance.

Judicial Reputation

Judicial Reputation Author Nuno Garoupa
ISBN-10 9780226290591
Year 2015-11-20
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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In "Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory, "Tom Ginsburg and Nuno Garoupa mean to explain how judges respond to the reputational incentives provided by the different audiences they interact with--lawyers and law professors; politicians; the media; and the public itself--as well as how legal systems design their judicial institutions to calibrate the locally appropriate balance among audiences. Making use by turns of careful empirical work and penetrating conceptual insights, Ginsburg and Garoupa argue that any given judicial structure is best understood not through the lens of legal culture, origin, or tradition, but through the economics of information and reputation.

Point Made

Point Made Author Ross Guberman
ISBN-10 9780199967964
Year 2014-03-07
Pages 338
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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With Point Made, legal writing expert, Ross Guberman, throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want. The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers, including Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into specific, learnable techniques, become a detailed writing guide full of practical models. In FCC v. Fox, for example, Kathleen Sullivan conjures the potentially dangerous, unintended consequences of finding for the other side (the "Why Should I Care?" technique). Arguing against allowing the FCC to continue fining broadcasters that let the "F-word" slip out, she highlights the chilling effect these fines have on America's radio and TV stations, "discouraging live programming altogether, with attendant loss to valuable and vibrant programming that has long been part of American culture." Each chapter of Point Made focuses on a typically tough challenge, providing a strategic roadmap and practical tips along with annotated examples of how prominent attorneys have resolved that challenge in varied trial and appellate briefs. Short examples and explanations with engaging titles--"Brass Tacks," "Talk to Yourself," "Russian Doll"--deliver weighty materials with a light tone, making the guidelines easy to remember and apply. In addition to all-new examples from the original 50 advocates, this Second Edition introduces eight new superstar lawyers from Solicitor General Don Verrilli, Deanne Maynard, Larry Robbins, and Lisa Blatt to Joshua Rosencranz, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Judy Clarke, and Sri Srinvasan, now a D.C. Circuit Judge. Ross Guberman also provides provocative new examples from the Affordable Care Act wars, the same-sex marriage fight, and many other recent high-profile cases. Considerably more commentary on the examples is included, along with dozens of style and grammar tips interspersed throughout. Also, for those who seek to improve their advocacy skills and for those who simply need a step-by-step guide to making a good brief better, the book concludes with an all-new set of 50 writing challenges corresponding to the 50 techniques.

The Little Green Book of Golf Law

The Little Green Book of Golf Law Author John H. Minan
ISBN-10 1590318455
Year 2007
Pages 154
Language en
Publisher American Bar Association
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Golfers and lawyers alike will enjoy this insightful look at law and golf. Not concerned about the rules of golf, each chapter of this book examines an actual case where law and golf have come together. Read about a wide array of legal issues, including Tiger Woods' right of publicity, personal injury and product liability cases, contract disputes involving hole-in-one contests, IRS litigation over tax deductions for golf expenses, equipment patent disputes, and much more. It's the perfect book to share with the golfer or lawyer looking for a new perspective on the game!

How to Argue Win Every Time

How to Argue   Win Every Time Author Gerry Spence
ISBN-10 0312144776
Year 1996-04-15
Pages 307
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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A noted attorney gives detailed instructions on winning arguments, emphasizing such points as learning to speak with the body, avoiding being blinding by brilliance, and recognizing the power of words as a weapon. Reprint.