Effective Legal Writing

Douglas E. Abrams

"The English language knows only two types of writing—good writing and bad writing. Good legal writing is good writing about a legal subject." From this core proposition, this compact book provides researching and writing lessons for 1L's, upper class law students, and practicing lawyers. Leading judges, lawyers, and literary figures help deliver many of the lessons.An early chapter covers the foundations of good legal writing, beginning with avid reading, maintaining personal and professional commitment to the client's interests, and "earning the right to a reader." Also covered are such foundations as identifying the audience, scheduling, outlining, orienting readers, maintaining civility and professionalism, and adhering to bias-free writing.Later chapters concern researching, writing, editing, and dismantling barriers to effective written expression. Topics include the consequences of inadequate research; the four fundamentals of good legal writing (conciseness, precision, simplicity, and clarity); and reason and passion in persuasive writing. Chapters on editing and proofreading stress the writer's need to restrain pride of authorship that would stiffen resistance to constructive pre-publication input. Chapters treat three major barriers – misused jargon, acronyms, and footnotes.Chapters on Versatility describe how lawyers, if their personal and professional circumstances permit, can fulfill professional responsibility and achieve personal satisfaction by writing in such diverse forums as newspaper editorial pages, law reviews, bar association journals, and blogs.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781628102352
  • Publication Date: Apr 2016
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Contemporary Family Law

Douglas E. Abrams

This popular family law casebook engages students with the significant changes to the American family and the corresponding evolution of family law doctrine and policy. In the fifth edition, all 17 chapters are fully updated to reflect the latest family law developments, including ones that have occurred since Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).The book emphasizes that contemporary families take a variety of forms, including marital and nonmarital adult relationships, and that constitutional considerations play an increasingly important role in family law. The fifth edition preserves and builds on the approach of the earlier editions: presenting core substantive family law doctrine while also exploring ongoing and emerging policy debates and discussing the importance of cross-disciplinary collaborations with experts in fields such as psychology and accounting. A limited number of new cases replace older ones in most chapters, and the introductions to and notes and questions following each lead case, statute, or article have been thoroughly updated. In addition, problems for discussion in each chapter—including new and updated problems for this edition—enable students to apply doctrine in real-life settings that lawyers face.Contemporary Family Law also introduces the myriad issues central to family law practice and to a lawyer's ethical and professional responsibilities. The book includes material on shifting paradigms in family law practice and the roles of family lawyers, and devotes separate chapters to professional ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and private ordering. The book addresses jurisdictional issues in one integrated chapter.In addition to providing a grounding in the historical and contemporary regulation of marriage, the book includes material throughout on the legal treatment of nonmarital couples and their children. The book also explores the diverse pathways to legal parentage and their impact on parent-child and co-parent relationships. Moreover, because child custody arrangements lead to some of the most acrimonious family disputes, this casebook devotes two chapters to custody: the first treats the initial custody decision, and the second explores continuing litigation concerning visitation, custody, and key childrearing decisions after the initial disposition, including disputes involving third parties such as cohabitants and grandparents. Both custody chapters include disputes involving nonmarital children.The fifth edition includes new and expanded material throughout, such as:Issues arising after Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Supreme Court's decision on the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry and to have every state recognize their marriage, and the decision's ramifications throughout family law, including rules for entering marriage, parentage, domestic partnerships, civil unions, and other legal statuses.Changes in marriage regulation, including state bigamy and legal challenges to them and "child marriage," including legislative efforts to raise the minimum age of marriage, with examples of new legislation.Developments involving nonmarital couples, including Blumenthal v. Brewer's affirmation of Illinois's policy against allowing economic remedies for nonmarital couples.Changes in parentage law, including surrogacy legislation, the latest revision of the Uniform Parentage Act (2017), and the new Uniform Nonparent Custody and Visitation Act adopted in 2018. Extensive coverage of debt and family finances, new material drawn from numerous studies on the current economic climate (replacing the excerpt from Elizabeth Warren on bankruptcy), as well as new material on how the 2017 changes to federal tax law affect families;Discussion of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt (S. Ct. 2016) and later developments in the courts and in state legislatures regulating access to abortion;New lead cases on moral fitness in custody adjudication and domestic violence in custody decisions with substantially revised notes;a new lead case on relocation by a custodial parent—here a male nurse—reflecting changes in the law in many jurisdictions; expanded notes on parental decisions involving transgender youth; and a new discussion of disputes over "custody" of animal companions, commonly known as pets.A full chapter containing updated materials about domestic violence and its harmful effects on marital and nonmarital households, and about intrafamily tort actions and family-related tort actions brought against family members by third persons.A full chapter on adoption, including the latest trends and practices in transracial adoption, international adoption by American parents, and adoption by same-sex couples.A fully updated chapter on the child support obligations of marital and non-marital parents.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781640205918
  • Publication Date: Jul 2019
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Federal Corporate Taxation

Howard E. Abrams

The eighth edition of this popular student supplement retains the cradle-to-grave ordering of prior editions and is updated to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as other recent changes in the law. In addition to using a "cradle-to-grave" approach to corporate taxation, the book features a discussion of taxable and tax-free corporate acquisitions and penalty provisions. It also surveys the tax treatment of S corporations and (briefly) consolidated groups. Full of examples with explanations of both how and why the system works as it does, this book can be used alongside any standard casebook. It may also be used as a primary text for those who emphasize the problem method and have developed their own problem set.

  • Imprint: Foundation Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781642421071
  • Publication Date: Nov 2019
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Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement

Norman Abrams

The authors have added excerpts of recent Supreme Court cases, including, in the area of corruption—McDonnell, Ocasio, and Taylor; firearms offenses—Voisine, Dean, Mathis, Johnson, Welch, Beckles, and Caetano; RICO—RJR Nabisco, Inc.; plea bargaining—Turner and Lee; and forfeiture laws—Luis and Honeycutt. Moreover, the authors expanded the chapter on Drug Offense Enforcement by including the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act, and offering Attorney General Sessions' May 10, 2017 modification of the Department of Justice's Charging and Sentencing Policy, which reverses former AG Holder's attempt to decrease penalties for drug offenses. The Corporate Criminal Liability chapter now includes a discussion of the 2015 Yates Memorandum requirement that individual directors and managers should generally be charged along with their corporations, as well as an analysis of whether this policy has actually been implemented. They have added a brief description of the grounds for deportation in our civil immigration system, often based upon conviction of a criminal offense.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781640202320
  • Publication Date: Aug 2017
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Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement

Norman Abrams

This is both a casebook on U.S. government anti-terrorism criminal enforcement practice and policy, and a volume for teaching a specialized criminal law and procedure course. It provides an in-depth treatment of the major issues that arise in terrorism investigations and in civilian and military terrorism prosecutions. It addresses in detail topics relating to the Guantanamo detention facility and the extended detention of persons suspected of terrorism. Inter alia, it highlights differences in the rules applied in civilian terrorism cases with those used in ordinary crime matters as well as in military commission processes. This edition includes the latest cases, statutes and executive orders regarding subjects like electronic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and its amendments; interrogation practice that led to the torture controversy as well as under the latest FBI interrogation rules; the use of national security letters, and pro-active surveillance by the FBI and drone-targeted killing policy. It includes many extended notes, for example, on relevant changes effected by the Obama administration and actions taken during the first year under President Trump.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781683288657
  • Publication Date: May 2018
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Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement

Norman Abrams

The Seventh Edition of this classic casebook, which is designed to teach a broad-coverage federal criminal law course, is also well-suited for teaching white collar crime offerings. This volume addresses the key issues in federal criminal law and also includes material on timely, real-world topics, such as:recent college basketball recruiting and athletic admissions scandals;the opioid crisis as illustrated by a "pill mill" case in which a physician operating a pain management clinic arranged with a pharmacist to fill oxycodone prescriptions;obstruction of justice questions that arose in the special counsel investigation relating to the administration of President Donald Trump;possible political interference in federal prosecutors' decision-making;shootings in the U.S. involving or akin to terrorism;enforcement of immigration crimes—addressed in a new casebook chapter;the latest criminal justice reform legislation, the First Step Act.The book includes all of the latest relevant Supreme Court opinions and other new case law and statutory changes relating to the federal crime categories (e.g. mail fraud, money laundering, and firearms offenses), and administration of federal criminal justice features (such as plea bargaining), around which the book's chapters are organized.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781684675135
  • Publication Date: Jul 2020
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Exam Pro on Professional Responsibility

Leslie W. Abramson

Helping law students score higher on law school tests, the Exam Pro Series offers sample exams and corresponding answers with detailed analysis. Each Exam Pro title is authored by a leading law professor and recognized expert in an area of law and contains multiple choice and essay questions based on current court decisions. Detailed explanations for each answer describe the best possible choice as well as red herring answers, which helps increase law student understanding of a topic and build exam skills.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781647083847
  • Publication Date: Aug 2020
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Acing Criminal Procedure

Leslie W. Abramson

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781684676941
  • Publication Date: Oct 2020
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Quick Review of Criminal Procedure

Leslie W. Abramson

This product is a short, clear, concise, and substantive outline. It is designed to make the study of criminal procedure clear and convenient and to help students prepare for their law school exams. The main text is an outline of the substantive content. The concise format provides a comprehensive overview, allowing students to review the subject quickly prior to final exams.

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781684676927
  • Publication Date: Sep 2019
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Acing Professional Responsibility

Leslie W. Abramson

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781647082970
  • Publication Date: Aug 2020
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A Short & Happy Guide to Criminal Procedure

Leslie W. Abramson

This Short and Happy Guide makes the law about police practices and criminal trial proceedings accessible and easy to remember. Learn the key points of search and seizure law, police interrogation, the right to counsel, the exclusionary rule, pretrial release, grand jury investigations, joinder, criminal discovery, plea bargaining, jury trials, pretrial publicity, double jeopardy, appeals, and post-conviction standards. Dominate your classes in Criminal Procedure and your skills courses in Trial Advocacy!

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781684676934
  • Publication Date: Sep 2019
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Cross Purposes

Paula Abrams

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780472117000
  • Publication Date: Nov 2009
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Christian Legal Thought

  • Imprint: Foundation Press
  • Format: Loose-leaf
  • ISBN: 9781683286066
  • Publication Date: Dec 2016
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Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

West Academic

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781585761630
  • Publication Date: Aug 2014
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Guidebook for North Carolina Property Mappers

William A. Campbell

  • Imprint: UNC School of Government
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781560113911
  • Publication Date: May 2001
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Property Tax Lien Foreclosure Forms and Procedures

William A. Campbell

  • Imprint: UNC School of Government
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781560114598
  • Publication Date: Jun 2004
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Sports and the Law, Examining the Legal Evolution of America's Three Major Leagues

Peter A. Carfagna

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781683288213
  • Publication Date: Jul 2017
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Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements

Peter A. Carfagna

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781634603485
  • Publication Date: May 2016
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Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure in a Nutshell

Gregory A. Castanias

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780314289315
  • Publication Date: Jul 2017
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Divorce with Decency

Bradley A. Coates

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780824867355
  • Publication Date: May 2017
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