Got Issues? An Empirical Study About Framing Them

28 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2008 Last revised: 28 May 2010

Judith D. Fischer

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: October 2, 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: issue statement, brief, question presented

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Judith D., Got Issues? An Empirical Study About Framing Them (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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1277435

Judith D. Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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