Get Creative With Your Filings to Stand Out From the Crowd

, Texas Lawyer


Brief writing is so hemmed in with picayune rules, it's no wonder lawyers want to bust loose now and then. Some lawyers have gotten creative, using dialogue, photos and cartoons in their briefs -- tactics that can be effective if used wisely. Here are some things to consider before deciding whether to climb boldly outside the box.

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  • Avon

    Looks like judges can get away with a helluva lot more than lawyers can.
    The rhyming holding doesn't rhyme; the limerick opinion stumbles in rhythm.
    And a couple of Circuit Judge Posner's idiotic illustrations (like a "photo" of a lawyer playing ostrich, head deep in the sand) simply demean and ridicule the author.

    Judges face few or no adverse consequences for getting nutty or lame. But we do.
    We have to be ten times as good as that to be thought half as clever by the Bench.

    I'll settle for simply making sure "The Court should deny defendants' motion because ..." appears on Page 1. That alone is novel and refreshing enough to break the ice anyway.

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