Writing an Appellate Brief is not a light switch, and it does not happen in a day. It takes time to come up with the best argument that could be used for your cause and to write those powerful arguments so that they stand out. If you’re looking for the best way to go about writing an Appellate Brief, here’s what you should keep in mind:
- First, you should consider hiring an attorney. Not only will this help make sure that your briefs include powerful arguments that make sense, but your attorney will be able to let you in on some tricks of the trade. He or she may even be able to lead you in the right direction when it comes to drafting your brief. (The more experienced attorneys get, the better!)
- Second, you should consider working with a legal writing firm. Many briefs include multiple paragraphs, and when those are poorly written, they don’t make much sense. A good legal writing firm can help ensure that your brief flows well and that it includes important details that make sense.
- Third, you should consider writing your briefs. There is no way to predict how a case will rule on the appeal. That being said, though, there is plenty you can do to prepare your case for the appeal process. Consider writing a Brief for the Appellate Department of the Courts – it will save you time, money, and stress.
- Fourth, always draft your briefs to have them reviewed by the court. In most states, briefs are reviewed by the courts before issuing an opinion. This can be a very bad thing. It means that your brief will need to contain all of the same things like all of the other briefs from prior cases. The majority of briefs are not reviewed. So if you want to write the best brief possible, always have it written with a thought to have it reviewed.
- Fifth, do not cut corners when it comes to researching your briefs. Too many attorneys choose a title from a magazine article or a web site without delving into the topic matter. It is a serious mistake to do. If you are writing a brief on behalf of the government, you should spend some time studying the history of the law. You can do this through the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) website or the Federalist Society.
- Sixth, always have someone close review your brief. The person reviewing your brief should be well-versed in the topic matter of your case. Someone who understands your position and why it is important. They should also understand how the process works. Remember, you are representing the government. Having a great person review your brief will help ensure that you represent the government’s best interests at all times.
If you follow these six tips, you will be in great shape when it comes to writing your briefs. briefs are an essential part of the legal process. Without them, legal cases often fail to get their day in court.
In conclusion, I want to stress the importance of selecting the best brief that you can. I mentioned six tips above. Other very important factors will help determine whether or not you have a winning brief. Make sure you spend some time researching the brief title. Has it co-written by someone well versed in the subject matter?
Have someone familiar with the law review your brief. This can include former ABA judges or current law professors. Have them write a brief with your knowledge in mind. Spend time researching the briefs of the attorneys that will be defending your case.
Have an outline in place before you begin writing. Make sure you outline your topic, your case and the possible outcomes. Do not leave anything out. Be organized; this will make it much easier to find the necessary information.
Finally, follow the law. briefs are not meant to be fun. Lawyers are supposed to be difficult and argue things that are hard for you to understand. Make sure you do not make your briefs overly difficult to read. If you cannot understand what is being argued, you will not be able to present your case with the strength it deserves.