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Attys Resist Proposal To Shrink Appellate Brief Limits

Law360, Washington (April 1, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT) -- Several appellate attorney organizations on Monday blasted a judicial rule-making body's proposals to shorten appellate brief lengths, saying the plans would hurt advocacy efforts in a swath of complex areas including Native American law, antitrust disputes and challenges to federal agency activities.

The proposal from the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure would lower the word limit from 14,000 to 12,500 on opening briefs. Charles A. Bird, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers,...
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