Professor Leora Harpaz
The Supreme Court
READINGS ON BRIEF WRITING
(1) James vanR. Springer, Some Suggestions on Preparing Briefs on the Merits in the Supreme Court of the United States, 33 Cath. U.L. Rev. 593 (1984);
(2) Andrew L. Frey and Roy T. Englert, Jr., How to Write a Good Appellate Brief, available at http://www.appellate.net/articles/gdaplbrf799.asp;
(3) Guide to Appellate Briefs (reviews each section of an appellate brief using as an example the briefs filed by Petitioner in Respondent in the Supreme Court case of Texas v. Johnson) available at http://www.law.duke.edu/curriculum/appellateadvocacy/guide.html.
(4) Ellie Margolis, Beyond Brandeis: Exploring the Uses of Non-Legal Materials in Appellate Briefs, 34 U.S.F.L. Rev. 197 (2000);
(5) Clyde H. Hamilton, Appellate Advocacy: Effective Appellate Brief Writing, 50 S.C. L. Rev. 581 (1999);
(6) Lucy V. Katz & Neil L. Felshman, Lawyers’ Language - Some Suggestions for Incorporating Techniques of Advocacy into the Appellate Brief, 9 J. of Contemporary L. 127 (1983). This is a lengthy document and it will take several minutes to load.
Sample Student Brief Assignment:
(1) Respondent’s Brief in American
Coalition of Life Activists v. Planned Parenthood.
(2) Petitioner's Brief in Ashcroft v. Raich