Briefing Cases

12 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2010

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Lynn McLain

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: March 27, 2010


This paper, presented to admitted law school applicants, provides a format for briefing appellate cases for a full understanding of them. It includes the full text of a copyright law case on a parody of Mickey Mouse and provides a brief of that case as an example of how to brief fully. It also includes discussion questions as to pertinent policy issues, as well as other fact patterns to which to apply the holding of the sample case.

Keywords: case briefing, examples, copyright law, Walt Disney Productions v. Air Pirates, Mickey Mouse, copyright law, trademark law, parodies, unfair competition, trade disparagement, cartoon drawings, fair use

JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K49, L82

Suggested Citation

McLain, Lynn, Briefing Cases (March 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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