Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals co-authored a short article entitled, “The Seven Virtues of Appellate Brief Writing: An Update from the Bench,” 38 Southwestern L.Rev. 221 (2008). These virtues are: Continue reading “Judge Pregerson’s 7 Brief Writing Tips”
I apologize for the headline. It is misleading because the South Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure do not provide for an addendum.
This differs from the federal rule. Rule 24.1(f) of the United States Supreme Court Rules requires that relevant constitutional provisions, statutes, and other texts be set out verbatim within the brief or within an appendix to the brief.
Last week, Justice Scalia reminded Assistant Solicitor General Joseph Palmore about this rule. Continue reading “In SC, What Goes into a Brief’s Addendum?”
English instructors ranging from Struck and White to my grade school teachers in Ninety Six, South Carolina tell us to use the active voice instead of the passive. But even Strunk and White warns against discarding the passive voice entirely. Continue reading “Using the Passive Voice on Appeal”