Clear Writing Through Purposeful Sentences, by Stephen D. Feldman, Ellis & Winters, LLP
Clear writing makes winning more likely. Why?
Consider our courts’ workloads. A federal district court judge, on average, annually handles over five hundred filings.
The federal appellate courts annually receive more than 50,000 appeals. State courts experience the same pressures.
These docket pressures, however, do not diminish the role of briefs. If anything, it is enhanced. Judges—even when they hear oral arguments—regularly make their rulings based on the briefs. A winning brief, then, must convey to the reader the key points for victory—and do so in one reading. . . .