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Writing a Case Brief Case briefs are documents prepared by students as a study aid when trying to capture the essence and importance of appellate court decisions. A case brief summarizes a court decision by outlining, at a minimum, the facts of the case, the legal issues raised, and the rationale for the court’s decision. 1. Case Name This is simply the name of the case (ex: Roe v. Wade ). While we are not concerned with the roles (appellate or appellee), it is important to cite the date here after the name of the case. 2. Procedural Posture Appellate cases have, by definition, already had a trial stage. In fact, depending on what appeal level the case now being briefed is at, it may already have been to several appellate courts. All we are looking for here is where the case is in the trial level. (ex: at the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal from the 2 nd circuit court) **If you do not have this written down, or cannot find the background of the case, please Google it or something and find out, at least, if it is in the federal or state level court. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course POLI SCI 470 taught by Professor Schweber during the Fall '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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