Lighten Up: John Roberts the Brief-Writer

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An easy way to make your brief-writing more appealing? Shun deadweight openers—however, additionally, consequently, accordingly. That technique has worked wonders for the Chief Justice, who Justice Ginsburg once said was the greatest appellate advocate of his generation.

Back in his brief-writing days, he showed how a lighter touch—thus, so, but, also—propels the reader forward and conveys confidence.

Here’s a few examples of how Roberts’s light touch distinguishes his writing from the typical brief-writer.


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