Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jim McEhlaney's column in the June ABA Jurnal offers more of his no-nonsense tips about brief writing. This time he offers a "dirty dozen" ways to write a bad brief, starting with "Make it a 'long,' not a brief." Other briefing faux pas include "Load up the citations" and "Quote like crazy." "Flunk the giggle test" seems especially helpful for beginning legal writers like our students. That tip counsels against "arguing wild impracticalities or ignoring a body of useful, well-established law."