September 01, 2015

Secrets to Effective Electronic Documents in the Appellate Process

Sean L. Harrington

This is an article on electronic briefs. But it’s more accurately a commentary on knowing your audience, knowing your rules, and knowing your tools. When I was invited to write on this topic, the editors probably were looking for a straightforward how-to and some encouragement for the continuing adoption of electronic briefs in appellate practices. But there are many excellent publications that do both, including several produced by the American Bar Association. (See the sidebar on page 41.) I thank the editors for extending me the latitude to approach this topic from a somewhat different angle, while remaining faithful to the learning objective: effective utilization of electronic documents for appellate practitioners. (For the purposes of this article, I limit the scope of my discussion to the use of Adobe Acrobat Professional and for briefs that will be opened on computers using the Windows or Mac operating system.)

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