Appellate Brief

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dingbat
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Appellate Brief

Postby dingbat » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:52 am

Can anyone who got a top grade send me a sample Appellate Brief?
Basically, my legal writing professor gives the class minimal guidance, so I'd like to have a sample format to compare it with.

Thanks

Kage3212
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Re: Appellate Brief

Postby Kage3212 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:04 pm

I second this request.

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ph14
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Re: Appellate Brief

Postby ph14 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:06 pm

Go look on Westlaw, there are thousands of good briefs. Anything from the solicitor general's office will be phenomenal.

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A. Nony Mouse
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Re: Appellate Brief

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:40 pm

Yeah, or get briefs for current SCOTUS cases off its web page. I think most 1L appellate briefs are supposed to follow SCOTUS format conventions.

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Re: Appellate Brief

Postby ClerkAdvisor » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:30 am

I would generally recommend against using SG/SCOTUS briefs as your model. Well-written SCOTUS briefs, and particularly SG briefs, are generally written in a very distinct style that is not easily emulated (and when done poorly, can be quite off-putting). Instead, I would recommend looking at well written appellate briefs in the COA. Look for briefs by reputable firms or by DOJ civil appellate.




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