Friday, October 7, 2016

appealing with fewer words

Lawyers will have to cut 1,000 words from their arguments in federal appeals briefs

According to How Appealing and David Sellers, a public affairs officer for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts,
the word count for appellate briefs is being decreased from 14,000 to 13,000.
A proposed 1500-word decrease was opposed by many appellate attorneys, who perhaps didn't stop to calculate that a
appeals judge might read filings for 1200 cases per year.  Multiply it out:  the opening brief, opposition brief,
and reply brief could contain up to 35,000 words, meaning that the average judge would read about 42 million words
a year. (See the DealBook blog at the NYTimes website.)


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