10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 30, 2017, 10:53 AM EST) -- The late Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit once wrote a style memo for his law clerks titled “Wisdom’s Idiosyncrasies.” It turns out that his wisdoms were not all that idiosyncratic. He concludes with words to emulate both for appellate brief writing and oral argument: “In short — Be Brief. Simple is better.”[1] Judge Jacques Wiener corroborated this sentiment: “The ‘prettiest’ brief is the one that is the shortest, simplest, and most direct.”[2]

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