We conclude by extending our thanks to the many talented lawyers whose excellent briefs and scrupulous professionalism make our work product better and our task more enjoyable. Good brief-writing requires hard work, rigorous analysis, and careful attention to detail. Moreover, we recognize “every brief presents opportunities for creativity— for imaginative approaches that will convey the point most effectively.”[fn] We welcome creativity and do not require perfection. We simply did not find the peculiar style and content of this brief’s opening paragraph appropriate, helpful, or persuasive.[How appellatey is this opinion? Well, it's an appellate opinion from (and about) a judge who is now an appellate justice, which cites two recent articles co-authored by other appellate justices!]
[MetNews article is here. 11/26/19 update: The Recorder has ‘Irrelevant and Sexist’: Appellate Judges Confront Courtroom Sexism in Legal Brief; 11/27/19 update: The DJ has Attorney chided for calling female judge ‘attractive’ in a brief]
Note also that this case is part of a SLAPP-o-rama festival today! Other anti-SLAPP cases issued this afternoon are here, here, and here. And here. And here.