Prof. Scott Colesanti Publishes New Book, ‘Oral Advocacy: Style and Substance’

Photo of J. Scott Colesanti, Professor of Legal Writing at Hofstra Law, with the cover of his second book, "Oral Advocacy: Style and Substance"

Professor J. Scott Colesanti has published his second book, Oral Advocacy: Style and Substance (Carolina Academic Press 2017). The 166-page oral advocacy coursebook was officially released in late December.

A Professor of Legal Writing who previously served as a litigator, arbitrator and counselor, Professor Colesanti has taught courses in legal writing for nine years. He has designed a dozen law school courses. In his 28 years as a lawyer he has authored such documents as charging instruments, pleadings, settlements, speeches, substantive blog posts, law review articles and case comments.

He previously published the book Legal Writing, All Business (Carolina Academic Press 2016).

From the Publisher
Oral Advocacy: Style and Substance is the most comprehensive and practice-oriented book on the subject. The seven chapters address, in turn, the physical demands, vocabulary choices, organizational requirements, and performance tasks challenging the young oralist.

Consistent “Chapter Objective” and “Reminder” lists highlight the takeaways of the instruction, as well as the potential pitfalls of rushing the skill. Over a dozen rules of law are integrated into the book’s seventeen exercises and more than twenty-five examples. The art of handling questions and maintaining control of the conversation are similarly addressed.

Additionally, policy arguments and rules of advocacy competitions are exemplified and explained. The accompanying Teacher’s Manual serves to outline a course of guidance for everyone from 1L Legal Writing professors to moot court team coaches.

View more information about the book on the Carolina Academic Press website.