Got Issues? An Empirical Study About Framing Them
Judith D. Fischer
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
October 2, 2008
Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Vol. 6, 2009
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2010-04
Grounded in framing theory and the analyses of judges and commentators, this article examines issue statements in a sample of recent briefs from six states. The data cover various aspects of issue statements, including sentence structure, length, and the most common beginning words. Issue statements from recent briefs provide examples throughout the discussion. The article concludes with recommendations for framing effective issue statements.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: issue statement, brief, question presented
Date posted: October 6, 2008 ; Last revised: May 28, 2010
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