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Pleasing the Court: Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs

PLEASING THE COURT: WRITING ETHICAL AND EFFECTIVE BRIEFS, Carolina Academic Press, 2005

Posted: 10 May 2007  

Judith D. Fischer

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Abstract

This book examines professionalism in legal writing by analyzing more than two hundred examples of judges' reactions to lawyers' errors. Serious ethical breaches are examined, including misrepresentions of the law or the facts, plagiarism, and lack of civility. Wordiness, lack of clarity, and grammatical and citation errors are also covered. The erring attorneys incurred consequences ranging from disbarment to strong verbal rebukes.

The book promotes high standards in brief writing. It also demonstrates that the U.S. legal system includes restraints on incompetent lawyering and the filing of frivolous lawsuits.

Keywords: Lawyer, attorney, court, errors, unprofessionalism, legal writing, brief, research, misrepresentation, organization, clarity, wordiness, verbosity, legalese, court rules, grammar, spelling, punctuation, citation, civility, plagiarism, bar discipline, suspension, Rule 11, sanctions, judges

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Judith D., Pleasing the Court: Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984981

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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