What To Do After You've Screwed Up A Brief

Law360, Washington (April 4, 2016, 3:46 PM EDT) -- Your heart pounds. Your palms sweat. You hope you're about to wake from a bad dream.

Even meticulous litigators know the feeling of realizing they've made a crucial mistake. But an error in a brief doesn't have to derail an entire case.

Moving quickly to acknowledge a foul-up and correct it can minimize the damage it causes and get a case back on track, attorneys say. The alternative — hoping no one notices — violates an attorney's duty of candor and can devastate a case.

"Nothing will weaken your credibility more than having the court discover that you have made a...

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