Sunday, January 1, 2012
Attorney David Perlman argues that recent years have given rise to a new paradigm for legal briefs:
The new paradigm has five essential
elements. A brief should state a theme
at the outset; relay the facts through
a flowing, engaging story, creating
an initial impression of who should
prevail; zero in on the essential legal
authority, yet, at the same time, anchor
legal argument to underlying policies
and principles; display a literary style
that is relaxed, conversational, and nonpedantic;
and appeal to the eye.
The full article appears in the Fall 2011 issue of the Philadelphia Lawyer and is well worth reading.