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Finishing Your Brief By Crafting The Table Of Contents And Table Of Authorities, by Celia C. Elwell, RP (Originally appeared in print in Legal Assistant Today as “Finishing Your Brief,” November/December 2003), Paralegal Today


Sometimes, especially in law, it’s the little things that make all the difference. The cover page, Table of Contents and Table of Authorities are used for major briefs, such as briefs in support of dispositive or trial motions. Sometimes they are mandatory; other times they can be used to enhance a brief and make it easier for the court to read and understand. Regardless, all three of these tools are excellent methods for enhancing any lengthy or complex brief filed with the court, and paralegals should make sure they are familiar with all these tools. . . .