Judge Diane P. Wood of the Seventh Circuit offers 6 tips on brief writing: Continue reading “Judge Diane Wood’s Brief-Writing Tips”
Lawyers are bad about creating zombie nouns by burying verbs. In drafting a brief for an appeal, we never mediate or litigate; we always engage in mediation or litigation. We never examine a witness or object to her testimony; we conduct an examination and make an objection. And we don’t settle cases; we effectuate settlements.
We will throw a suffix on most anything, transforming a perfectly fine verb into a weak noun. Continue reading “Don’t Create Zombie Nouns in an Appeal”
What do Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and horror-novelist Stephen King have in common? Both disdain adverbs. Lawyers who write appeal briefs may consider joining them. Continue reading “Killing Adverbs in Appeal Briefs”