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US Constitutional Law Wollenberg Writing Advocate Briefs Advocate briefs should be addressed to the US Supreme Court, and represent your best argument for why the Court should agree with your position. Your goal is to convince the Court that your position is correct, logical and reasonable, using effective persuasion and solid research into the applicable precedents. Your brief must cover the legal issues to be decided, the facts of the case, the laws you think the Court ought to apply and the decision you want the Court to reach. Include the following sections in your brief: statement of issues, statement of facts, the argument, and a conclusion. The statement of the legal issues should specify the legal issue or issues involved in your case. State this in a question form so that a “yes” answer will support your position. For example, “Did the trial court err in …?”
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Unformatted text preview: Keep this short. No more than one sentence per issue, please. The statement of the facts should retell and summarize the facts from your clients point of view. Explain the situation in a way that helps your client. Tell the story in a way that puts your client in the best light possible, but do NOT change the facts or include falsehoods. This section should take up no more than one page of your brief. The argument is the core of your brief. What is needed here is a well-organized persuasive essay that is well supported by precedent. The conclusion should recap your argument and summarize why you think the Court ought to make a decision in your clients favor. Briefs should be about 5 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Please include the proper citations for all precedents used....
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course POLI SCI constituti taught by Professor Wollenberg during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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