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Scalia & Garner: Brevity

The power of brevity is not to be underestimated. A recent study confirms what we all know from our own experience: people tend not to start reading what they cannot readily finish. “Making Your Case”, p. 25 In other words, keep it simple, stupid.

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Scalia & Garner: Moderation in the pursuit of justice

In 1964 Barry Goldwater famously proclaimed that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice … and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Perhaps Goldwater was right. But when advocating on behalf of a client, perhaps not: Select the most easily defensible position that favors your client. Don’t assume more of…

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On the Importance of Punctuation

Courtesy of The Appellate Record:

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Good Legal Research/Writing Advice from Eugene Volokh

UCLA Professor Eugene Volokh recently provided some excellent advice that I highly advise following when citing to legal treatises that have been through multiple editions, and that have had different editors over the years: I ran across this passage (in a generally very well-done brief), which inadvertently highlights an issue that legal writers — students,…

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