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Arguing the Law: The Advocate\u27s Duty and Opportunity

By Jr. Geoffrey C. Hazard


There have been many expositions on advocacy, including somedelivered as Sibley Lectures. These expositions say pretty muchthe same thing: be candid, be thorough, be concise, formulate theissue carefully, answer questions directly, and \u22go for the jugular.\u22It would be incautious to reject good advice as to technique, andthis sort of thing sounds like good advice. Yet the fact that thesame advice keeps coming forth raises doubt about whether it isbeing heeded, or even heard. It also raises the possibility that theproblem of advocacy is more complex than implied by these pedagogicadmonitions. My purpose is to explore that possibility

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1982
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