Tips for better brief writing and oral argument by hon donald c ashmanskas us magistrate district of oregon deceased brief writing 1 concede nothing judges are impressed by tough lawyersmake your opponent fight for. Developed from the coverage on briefs from the authors successful legal writing handbook this text includes focused coverage on how to write briefs helpful examples of trial and appellate briefs how to present an effective oral argument straightforward step by step exposition designed to complement any comprehensive legal writing coursebook . A brief the author goes into what he describes as the abc of writing that is the requirement of accuracy brevity and clarity in all parts of the work this suggests the need for a short succinct honest and straightforward pre. Which is more important the appellate brief or oral argument without question the brief is more important dont take my word listen to chief justice john roberts this is not to say that oral argument is unimportant to the contrary it is usually an advocates last opportunity to persuade a judge who is on. Department of politics appellate brief oral argument purpose the purpose of the appellate brief and oral argument assignment is to practice the research and advocacy skills which are characteristic of liberal education and essential for the legal trade and to do so in a situation which simulates to some degree the real world legal environment
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