Friday, January 25, 2008

lessons from practice

A recent post at the (new) legal writer describes the author's experiences in proofreading and finalizing a brief to a federal court of appeals. An experienced appellate advocate, he details the painstaking steps he followed to detect and correct the tiny errors that were lurking in the brief. He found 71. And this is someone who cares enough about careful writing to regularly blog on the topic. Because he cares, he took the time to comb his brief with the precise goal of catching these glitches.

Law students often ask us for models that they can follow. Such models can be more than sample documents; they can be models of thoughtful professionalism. Offer them this example.


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