Thursday, March 4, 2010

The secrets of brief writing rock-stardom

Here's an article by Ross Guberman of Legal Writing Prothat seeks to divine the brief writing secrets of SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts who many considered "one of the best, if not the best, advocates in the nation" before ascending to the bench.  Bruce Carton of the LegalBlogWatch calls Guberman's article "terrific."

Guberman boils CJ Roberts's secrets into the following five tips:

  • Let your facts "show, not tell."
  • Add speed through short and varied transitions.
  • Add elegance and clarity through parallel constructions.
  • Add interest through short sentences, examples and figures of speech.
  • End with a bang.

You can read the full article via a pdf available here.  And read Bruce Carton's review here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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