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Effective Appellate Brief Writing

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Effective Appellate Brief Writing

You will, if your imagination is working properly, understand the following things about appellate judges.

Attorneys should consider the law clerk when writing to the court. Here are five tips.

Legal writing is like any skill or any substantive topic: there’s always more to learn, and there’s always room for improvement.

Having the last word on an issue is valuable. This is especially true in a close case. So why do lawyers often treat reply briefs like an afterthought?

Where stories are concerned, perspective makes all the difference.

The company we keep is crucial to who we are—in all sorts of ways.

The Young Lawyers Division and the American Bar Association offer countless opportunities for new and experienced attorneys.

You should be assembling your trial notebook from the day you file or receive the complaint. Here's how.

How to ethically delegate to associates and others.

I prepared for days. I crafted a detailed outline, old-school style: handwritten, on a yellow legal pad. I entered the courtroom, sat at counsel table, and laid out my materials. It was then I discovered my yellow legal pad was gone.

Research suggests lawyers rank low when it comes to resilience, but we've got the cure.

You lose credibility by being nasty.

Love your assistant (professionally speaking); don't just sniff your markers, use them—these sorts of things.

Don't be influenced by the voices saying there are no jobs or that no one gets “those” jobs, or you may miss out on opportunities and limit your potential.

The four traits of every good "L."

The practice of law is in an incredible state of flux. But in times of great change, there are also great opportunities.

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