Friday, January 13, 2012
Some good tips on writing a winning brief appear in a recent article by Mississippi appellate lawyer Margaret Cupples. She emphasizes points we often cover in our legal writing courses: include a “map” and “landmarks” to guide the reader; consider the standard of review when framing issues; state the issues persuasively; be both honest and persuasive in the statement of the case; and present a readable argument. Cupples also reminds brief writers to “pay attention to technicalities,” including the required format for the brief. Her article appears at 30 Mississippi Law Review 1 (2011).