Thursday, October 15, 2009

Top 10 mistakes when writing an appellate brief

The Adjunct Law Prof Blog has reprinted a list compiled in the August, 31, 2009 edition of the New York Law Journal (free registration required) that includes the following:

1. Failing to take full advantage of respondents' and reply briefs.

2. Failing to explain why the trial or motion court should be reversed.

3. Failing to pick up on the procedural issues that can undercut your opponent's argument.

4. Failing to focus on the key facts and spending too much time on the irrelevancies.

5. Failing to carefully choose and effectively cite cases.

You can read the rest of the list here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

 

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