Originally posted on Legal Research Plus:
The best way to become a good writer is to read a lot of good writing. And to me there’s no better legal writing than that of Judge Ruggero Aldisert.
Judge Aldisert just published the third edition of his important and popular book on Opinion Writing (details from the catalog record copied below). This third edition (listen up, law students) includes a new chapter on law clerk duties, an expanded treatment of trial court opinions, and new chapters on administrative law judges and arbitration procedures and opinions.
But, one might ask, how will a book on opinion writing help me write a winning brief? The answer is found in what the good judge calls his “chambers mantra” — “writing a good opinion is the best training on how to write a good brief.”