June 10, 2020 Feature

Brief Writing Tips from Federal Circuit Clerks: A Most Important Audience

The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Aaron P. Bowling, and A. Victoria Christoff

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There is no doubt that strong legal brief writing paves the way for success. In fact, I often hear my colleagues opine that cases are mainly won and lost on the briefs. But while judges are certainly the primary and final audience of briefs filed with the Federal Circuit, judges are not your only audience. You are also writing to another important audience: the judges’ law clerks.

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