Wednesday, March 11, 2009

clearly, a good writing rule to follow . . .

Yesterday we had a local appellate attorney talk to our students, and he offered a quotation from Chief Justice Roberts about how to argue effectively, including the implied writing rule that use of intensifiers is often not persuasive. 

"We get hundreds and hundreds of briefs, and they're all the same," Roberts told a crowd of eager law students and faculty members last week at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. "Somebody says, 'My client clearly deserves to win, the cases clearly do this, the language clearly reads this,' blah, blah blah. And you pick up the other side and, lo and behold, they think they clearly deserve to win."

How about a little recognition that it's a tough job? Roberts asked.

"I mean, if it was an easy case, we wouldn't have it."

From the Washington Post.

Thanks to Lubbock attorney Larry Doss for a great talk!


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