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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Why Grammar and Usage Are So Vital in Writings to Appellate Courts

If you think that grammar doesn't matter in an appellate brief, you are beyond my help, but a post is trending all over the blogosphere from an internet CEO who says that he won't hire people who use bad grammar. This is a useful meditation for our purposes of why and how grammar and usage makes the players in the appellate process think better or worse of us. Sometimes in an appellate court, especially a state appellate court, the justices are not the most educated or picky members of the court community, but just because that may be the case, doesn't mean that other people who are vitally important to you aren't judging you by your grammar and usage-- the staff attorneys and senior clerks.

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