When Judges Scold Lawyers
Law Library Journal, Vol. 96, pp. 557-70, 2004
14 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2010
Date Written: August 1, 2004
From time to time a judge castigates a lawyer for sloppy (or atrocious) research or writing. These biting passages can be entertaining (if they aren't directed at you). They can also be useful teaching tools.
So how do you find them? This article presents a number of research techniques and, along the way, provides examples of judicial scoldings – for instance, for failure to shepardize, failure to find relevant authorities, poor brief-writing.
Keywords: legal writing, legal research, judges, lawyers, Shepards, KeyCite, briefs
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