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The Secret Ambition of Every Brief

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While researching something completely unrelated, I came upon a brief article by Justice Maria Rivera (First District Court of Appeal, Div. 4, CA) regarding writing briefs for appeals entitled: The Ten Commandments of Brief Writing. Before delving into the “Ten Commandments”, Justice Rivera ...

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Book Review: Life After Law

The beach felt like an appropriate place to read it.

This past week I received an advance review copy of Life After Law: Finding Work You Love With the J.D. You Have, by Liz Brown. Brown is a former litigation partner at a large international law firm.  She graduated from Harvard College ...

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Book Review: Keeping It Civil

Keeping It Civil Book

If you spend any time around lawyers, you’ll realize very quickly that they love to tell war stories. Every lawyer has them. It’s often a competition to see who can better the other. “I was in a depo and the ...

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Burn Bryan Garner’s Books

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  Burn anything that Bryan Garner has written.  He really knows his stuff, but Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style said it all.  Besides, Garner, Scalia, and Posner pissed me off when they got into a juvenile cat fight over a book about rules.  Not ...

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