Writing an Appellant’s Opening Brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

My opening brief can be 30 pages long, 14 point type, double-spaced, margins 1 inch on all sides.  Footnotes have to be in 14 point type too.  I have been working on the brief for some time. I have tried to keep myself from being rushed, so I have managed my time to be able to spread the work out and devote time to it to the work everyday.

The brief is not like anything I have written before.  I would like to say it is more succinct than I am used writing (or so I tell myself).  The experience has been rewarding.  However, in the next day or so, I will finish it and send it off so that my secretary who is in California for three weeks will get a chance to weigh in on the final product.



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