Monday, February 23, 2015

Length: will it make a difference? Federal Appeals briefs to be reduced in length

My thinking is that there is more cutting that could be done. A brief should get its point across in the first three paragraphs, and then explain its points, and then it should summarize.

If you cut to the chase, it makes a judge's job easier, and then he or she is more likely to agree with your argument. 
A proposal to cut the length limit for main federal appeals briefs by 1,500 words has generated a lot of comments.

Most commenters oppose cutting the cap from 14,000 to 12,500 words, report the National Law Journal and University of Chicago law professor Will Baude, writing at the Volokh Conspiracy. Among those taking a stand are appellate practitioners, judges, bar associations and advocacy groups.

Article here (via ABA journal). 

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