Shot Selection

The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process Vol. 19, No. 2 (2018): 157-171

12 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018 Last revised: 7 Jun 2019

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Patrick Barry

University of Michigan Law School

Abstract

"The simple declarative sentence is one sound," Robert Frost writes in a letter to his friend John Bartlett in 1913. "But Lord love ye, it should not be worked to death." This essay uses the winning brief in EBIA v. Arkinson, a bankruptcy case the Supreme Court decided about a hundred years later, to demonstrate the value of Frost's observation—particularly for legal writers.

Keywords: Persuasion, Advocacy, Writing, Editing

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Barry, Patrick James, Shot Selection. The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process Vol. 19, No. 2 (2018): 157-171. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3222632

Patrick James Barry (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734.763.2276 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.umich.edu/FacultyBio/Pages/FacultyBio.aspx?FacID=barrypj

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