Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Legal Brief: The New Paradigm

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.

(ljs)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2012/01/the-legal-brief-the-new-paradigm.html

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