Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Will your brief be read?

Today's DJ features an article by Appellate Specialist David Wilson (of Manning & Kass, et al.) providing advice about how to write a compelling brief that will be read. He advises: "Think like a lawyer, write like a human being," "Keep your audience in mind," "Know the rules; and when to break them," and "Use exactly the right word."

Also, yesterday's DJ profiled LASC Judge Michael Raphael, who clerked for a 6th Circuit judge, and went on to spend five years dedicated to appellate work at the US Attorneys' Office in LA, eventually becoming chief of criminal appeals. The article's pullquote: "I've always had what you might call an intellectual interest in the law."