Saturday, August 23, 2008
The August 2008 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal contains a great article called "Brief-Writing Tips for the Illinois Appellate Court." It is by Maria Pellegrino, a law clerk to a justice on the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. If you're teaching appellate advocacy in Illinois, you'll want to share this article with your students. It appears in volume 96 of the Illinois Bar Journal, at pages 412 to 416 (in the August 2008 issue). The article works well for other states too, but the citations to the rules are those of the great state of Illinois.
P.S. As a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association, I would be remiss if I did not also encourage professors in Illinois (and other states, actually) to remind their students that student membership in the ISBA is completely free -- just go to www.isba.org to sign up for a membership and to join up to five sections for free as well.