Dellinger Named One of the Nation's Top 50 Advocates in "Point Made"March 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC ─ MARCH 10, 2011 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner and Appellate Practice Chair Walter Dellinger was recently designated one of the nation’s top 50 advocates in Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates, a new book penned by law professor and founder and president of Legal Writing Pro, Ross Guberman. The book quotes more than a dozen examples from Dellinger's appellate argument as models.
Point Made, published by Oxford University Press, features annotated examples from trial and appellate briefs of 50 top US attorneys and includes practical legal writing tips and techniques. According to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who presided over US v. Microsoft, “Guberman’s exemplars demonstrate again and again how to transform an otherwise ordinary case into a morality tale with a happy ending.” The book is currently available on http://www.thetopadvocates.com/.
Point Made’s team of researchers sifted through countless briefs and motions written by a million lawyers, finally narrowing their findings to include 50 of the most specific writing techniques culled from works by the nation’s most influential and esteemed advocates. Previous writings from Dellinger and other selected lawyers were carefully dissected to provide readers proven solutions to eliminate major challenges to writing.
As an avid writer on constitutional issues, Dellinger has published articles in scholarly journals such as Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Duke Law Journal, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, the New Republic, and the London Times. In the last three years, Dellinger has argued cases such as Alabama v. North Carolina, Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, and Heller v. District of Columbia before the US Supreme Court. His recent Court of Appeals and state supreme court arguments include Martha Stewart v. United States, Whiteside v. United States, Exxon v. Alabama, LCI v. Phillips, and Bank of America v. Miller.
From 1993 to 1996, Dellinger served as Assistant Attorney General and head of the Office of Legal Counsel and was acting Solicitor General for the 1996-97 Term of the US Supreme Court. Dellinger presently serves as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University and is on leave from his professorship at Duke Law School.
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