Monday, November 1, 2010

New Faculty Publication: Prof. Helen Anderson on Brief-Writing Advice

Helen A. Anderson, Changing Fashions in Advocacy: 100 Years of Brief-Writing Advice, 11 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 1-17 (2010).

Prof. Anderson's latest article examines
the changing nature of the brief during the early twentieth century and the transition from an abstract or outline to a fully fleshed prose argument.

She reviews what a brief is or has been and advice on brief-writing proferred by judges, textbook authors, and others. Her research indicates that the modern appellate brief is a "relatively recent invention" and she concludes by observing "that the wisest advisors have always urged appellate lawyers to use both logic and narrative as they attempt to persuade the judges before whom they appear."

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