Florida’s Lucky Break: The Service of Judge Peter Webster

Summer 2011 By Courtney Brewer Judge Peter D. Webster explains many of the stages in his legal career as the product of “dumb luck.” Readers might disagree after reviewing his many achievements and considering the thought and effort he has put into both being a judge and improving the legal profession. But...

What I Learned From My Fiction Writing Professor, Part II

Winter 2011 by Raoul Cantero In my last column, I explained that most of what I know about legal writing I learned from my fiction writing professor. I concluded that most of the essential legal writing skills are simply skills about writing. My professor, Jerome Stern, taught me the importance of constant...

How to Irk a Law Clerk

Winter 2011 By Kimberly Jones A plethora of resources are devoted to answering the question of how to avoid irritating the judiciary. However, there is another group of individuals who dedicate most of their working hours to reviewing and analyzing your briefs — the staff attorneys and law clerks of the...

Writing a Shorter Brief

Winter 2011 By Wendy S. Loquasto1 I believe I am safe in saying that, as appellate lawyers, we are pretty good writers. We were “stars” in our Research & Writing Classes. Many of us were law clerks and wrote for publication. Others have published articles in The Record and The Florida Bar Journal. Some...

No Introduction Needed? The Effectiveness of Introductions in Appellate Briefs

Winter 2011 By Lance Curry At the beginning of this year, a colleague sent me an order from the First District Court of Appeal striking an appellate brief because the brief included a rather long and argumentative introduction. The order striking the brief did not say why the brief was stricken, but the...

What I Learned From My Fiction Writing Professor, Part I

Fall 2010 by Raoul Cantero All I know about legal writing I learned from my fiction writing professor. Well, maybe not all of it; only everything that matters. Years after law school – after I learned to start a statement of the issues with “whether” and to include a short conclusion at the beginning of law...

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