September 01, 2015

A Judge Lays Down the Law on Writing Appellate Briefs

Raymond M. Kethledge

When I read a brief, the first thing I’m judging is the person who wrote it. How careful is this lawyer? How competent? How candid? The answers to these questions will enhance or diminish the force of the lawyer’s arguments. For in judging, as in other areas of life, it makes sense to consider the source.

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