Friday, June 18, 2010

How not to practice law: write a bad brief

Here is the link to a good short article on how to wrire a bad brief. It is called Writing Bad Briefs: How to Lose a Case in 100 Pages or More.

In includes great advice, such as:

-do not pick the more important issues and arrange them in order of strength; instead discuss as many issues as you can think of and arrange them alphabetically

-mistate the law or, even better, make it up

-citations are lame and a sign of weakness

-attack the court, opposing counsel, and your adversary with insults, condescending language, snide remarks, irony, and humor

-bury the bad stuff; concede nothing; fight to the end, especially on the little things that don’t matter

-be superficial

... and more.

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