I have been asked to post something about legal writing. I don’t know a damn thing about legal writing, as this blog constantly proves. But, hey, ask and you shall receive.
A word about the literary form:
I prefer the “top-ten” form for trenchant legal analysis.
Awhile back A while back
(I have no clue which one is correct), and using this form, I wrote a piece
about their Eminences and the mess they made of the federal Sentencing Guidelines. In some circles, it was well-received
. Therefore, and proving that you can’t teach an old judge new tricks (or shticks
), I once again adopt the genre for this series of profound musings.
So, here are my top ten hints for submitting briefs to me and other all-knowing beings who ascend the federal trial bench, both literally and figuratively:
10.Get a good editor. Never send me something unless someone…