Category: Briefwriting


A Menendez Muddle?

When I saw on Twitter that Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) had filed a Third Circuit appeal,[1] I started reading the brief in earnest. I assumed that the brief hailed from BigLaw, and likely from


Alphabet Attack

It wouldn’t be spring in America without some federal judges publicly criticizing attorneys in a genre now known as “benchslap.” The offended court this time: the D.C. Circuit. The court’s target: acronyms in briefs


Five Ways to Write Like John Roberts

When Chief Justice John Roberts was a lawyer, he once wrote that determining the “best” available technology for controlling air pollution is like asking people to pick the “best” car: Mario Andretti may select