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7 May, 2020

Writing Your Question Presented

2020-05-07T13:06:30-05:00May 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

  “I have always been much better at asking questions than knowing what the answers were.” – Bill James, baseball historian There may be no more daunting task in all Supreme Court practice than distilling a 9,000-word cert. petition down to one or two questions presented. This level of difficulty should come as no surprise—only the [...]

7 Jun, 2016

Brevity and the Supreme Court Question Presented

2019-03-18T18:47:21-05:00June 7th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

  “Clarity of thought is a must for brevity in speech.” ― Somali K. Chakrabarti The questions presented page is assuredly the most important element of a Supreme Court petition.  Justices can reject an entire case based on review of the questions alone.  Rule 14.1 provides that they should be “expressed concisely in relation to [...]