Wednesday, January 28, 2009

and then I said to the appellee, hey man, I won't be paying your attorney's fees

How best for a brief writer to topically organize a brief and get his points across? Here’s an interesting take. As this writer (by profession, a jazz musician, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) informed the court, “Appellant respectfully submits this reply brief utilizing rap/rhyme in the argument topics to better emphasize strong concept points.” The points are reproduced below just as they appeared in the brief (in other words, it’s not my punctuation or spelling):

Regarding frivolous filings, one thing is clear,
Notice to show cause and proper service before you appear.

And if Industrial vs. Marquardt is any measure,
Its the frivolous allegations, not the venue of your endeavor.

But the allegations, how could they be frivo-lous?
Erlandson has a seizure the only day she deals with us.

A domestic relations exception, I was supposed to know.
Appellee would know too, so why did he spend so much doe?

Appellee dissed 814.04 for his 3 grand justification.
But he forgets that 977.08 puts the brakes on his compensation.

Appellee under statute was paid his compensation.
He seeks reimbursement and costs for outside re-numeration.

The case was submitted to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, which reversed the fee award, so it appears this writer did something right. The brief is available online here. And if you want to learn more about multisyllabic rhymes in rap ("hallmarks of all the dopest flows"), click here for guidance from Flocabulary, Hip-Hop in the Classroom.

hat tip: Ray Ward, the (new) legal writer blog


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