The ability to write and recognize a persuasive brief is important to lawyers throughout their careers. Junior attorneys are often responsible for initially writing a brief. Senior attorneys often review those briefs and either rewrite or edit them (as circumstances require). In-house counsel may then review the briefs once more, providing additional edits and comments and addressing concerns. Wherever you happen to be in your career, it is important to know how to write, rewrite, edit, recognize, and review an effective brief. This Article offers a number of guidelines for crafting such briefs and provides a number of practical pointers to help lawyers along the way from writing through final review.
Judge Stephen J. Dwyer, Leonard J. Feldman, and Ryan McBride, How to Write, Edit, and Review Persuasive Briefs: Seven Guidelines from One Judge and Two Lawyers, 31 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 417 (2008).