Judge Diane Wood’s Brief-Writing Tips

Judge Diane P. Wood of the Seventh Circuit offers 6 tips on brief writing:

  • get a command of good writing
  • keep the brief as concise as possible
  • tell a story in the statement of facts – what happened and why the reader should care
  • identify the standard of review
  • explain how the rule advocated will operate
  • engage the other side’s argument so that you are not ships passing in the night

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