End of Summer Reading List for Young and New Lawyers

By the CBA Law Practice Management Department

The following books can all be found in the CBA’s Lending Library. For more information on what books are available and how to check them out, click here.

A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition
A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition
is a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the flawed conventional wisdom that perpetuates it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the U.S. and internationally. This manual’s focus remains how to express contract terms in prose that is free of the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and other problems that afflict traditional contract language. With exceptional analysis and an unmatched level of practical detail, Adams highlights common sources of confusion and recommends clearer and more concise alternatives. This manual is organized to facilitate easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with numerous examples. Consult it to save time in drafting and negotiation and to reduce the risk of dispute.

The Winning Brief, Third Edition
Bryan A. Garner
This third edition of Bryan A. Garner’s modern classic delivers the same invaluable guidelines with even more supporting evidence. Covering everything from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can capture a judge’s attention from the first few words, these tips add up to the most compelling, orderly, and visually appealing brief that an advocate can present. An invaluable resource for attorneys, law clerks, judges, paralegals, law students and their teachers, The Winning Brief has the qualities that make all of Garner’s books so popular: authority, accessibility, and page after page of techniques that work. If you’re writing to win a case, this book shouldn’t merely be on your shelf–it should be open on your desk.

Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition
The leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start of Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills and Leave a Positive Impression
Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk–in any situation. With practical advice and conversation “cheat sheets,” The Fine Art of Small Talk will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss to an association event to a cocktail party where you don’t know a soul.

The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work
We all know what it’s like to put off an important conversation at work–whether asking for a raise or promotion, or telling an employee that there’s a problem with his or her performance. Now Debra Fine, conversation and communication guru, shows us how to come out on top of those dreaded office chats–and how to achieve what we want in each situation. Debra includes specific advice on exactly what to say, when to say it, and what body language to use to achieve the desired results.

The Elements of Legal Style, Second Edition
Inspired by Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and Antonin Scalia. If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest–and the most enjoyable–means to that end.

Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You
This book provides you with the practical legal, business, and technical knowledge you need to grasp the nuts and bolts of transactions and draft customized agreements that meet clients goals. This highly readable, step-by-step handbook enables you to fully understand how contract provisions work and are used to craft effective contracts; adapt relevant and reliable drafting precedents to save time and trouble; avoid drafting errors, omissions, and ambiguities that jeopardize agreements; include and coordinate requirements that ensure contracts are effective; make contracts more user-friendly by inserting widely accepted formal terms; build into contracts the requisite flexibility without compromising precision; review and interpret contracts for due diligence and other business purposes; and master accounting basics and accurately express quantitative ideas in contracts.

The Creative Lawyer, Second Edition
Build and maintain a life that is personally and professionally satisfying with this newly revised and updated, practical, fun, and inspirational guide! Now completely revised and updated, The Creative Lawyer, Second Edition, is a self-help and career-management book for lawyers of all levels of experience. Written by Michael Melcher, one of America’s leading executive coaches who is himself an attorney, the book is a step-by-step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction.

Going Solo: A New Lawyer’s Guide to Starting and Building a Law Practice on a Tight Budget
A current and relevant guide for the new lawyer facing today’s employment challenges. A “must read” book for every law student about to enter the job market, or the new lawyer wanting security and control of their own profession. Loaded with specific and practical tools to successfully start and grow your law practice on a tight budget. Whether you wish to start your own practice, or simply be more valuable to your firm, this book is for you.

Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks
This book contains hundreds of tips from attorneys throughout the country with the critical advice new lawyers need to ensure their success. It starts with important steps graduates can take even before they begin work. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks continues to teach new lawyers the ropes from their first day on the job.

Letters to a Young Lawyer
Author Alan Dershowitz has earned the respect of admirers and critics alike for the way he has chosen to live his life and pursue a truly unparalleled career as teacher, lawyer, author, and scholar. In Letters to a Young Lawyer, he eloquently distills the wealth of his experiences and the passion of his beliefs into essays about life, law, and what it means to be a good lawyer and a good person.

Connecting With Your Client
With greater communication afforded by the Internet, excellent service no longer just means winning your client’s case. It now includes how legal expertise is actually delivered to the client. If you do not present the right attitude and keep the client properly informed, it could reflect negatively on you and your practice. Connecting With Your Client gives you the persuasive tools for achieving greater client satisfaction through improved communication.

Marketing Success: How Did She Do That?
All lawyers face the challenges of incorporating marketing and business development into their practice, but women lawyers in particular may not know how best to identify and leverage their innate strengths that will lead to successful rainmaking. This book covers best practices in the legal industry through interviews with women rainmakers on how they succeeded using the most current approaches to marketing and business development.


For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Sue Bertram at 303-824-5372.