Judges Catch On Quick. You Don’t Need Names in Parentheses.
Posted on February 26, 2014
In addition to brief writing, the services I offer other lawyers includes editing the briefs they have written. I get to critique their writing. One of the mistakes I see from good lawyers is that they overuse the technique of placing an abbreviation of a case name, party name, or other references to things in quotes inside parentheses. You know what I mean because you do it, too. Defendant International Business Machines Corporation (hereinafter “IBM”) … In Hammond v. City of Gadsden, 493 So.2d 1374 (Ala. 1986) (“Hammond“), the Alabama Supreme Court …. Plaintiff Michael Rasmussen (hereinafter “Rasmussen”) … The Contract for Sale of Goods (hereinafter “Contract”) … But you shouldn’t. These parentheticals simply slow the reader and waste space in your brief. If you refer…