If you’ve never had to tackle an appellate court brief, I envy you. (If you’ve ever had to do a U.S. Supreme Court brief, you have my sympathies.) As one commenter on my latest post on Lawyerist notes, sometimes formatting the stupid thing takes as much time as writing the substance of it.
But armed with my guide to formatting an appellate court brief, you can master the common elements that tend to pop up in most appellate courts’ requirements and spend less time formatting and more time writing.
Click here to read the full illustrated tutorial (including two short videos to show you how to do two of the most complex tasks: controlling page numbering and creating a template for future use) and learn why one commenter said she’s going to make this “required reading” for all her 2Ls.
You know how I’m always telling you that the best way to get your old WordPerfect text into a new Microsoft Word document is to just copy it over? Well, that’s not always the case. Sometimes Microsoft Word doesn’t “translate” WordPerfect text into just the right Microsoft Word equivalent.
Take, for example, the problem posed by this reader:
When using footnotes in a document, if I copy footnotes from WordPerfect and insert them into a Word document, the numbers do not change. Is there any way to make the numbers follow the number sequence in the document. Sometimes there are as many a 100 footnotes with dozens of different numbers — which need to be dealt with individually. Is there any way to make the numbers change and follow sequence at one time? I’ve tried everything including Ctrl-A (in the footnote draft, in the body of the document), but nothing works.
It took me a few minutes of experimenting, but I came up (I think) with the perfect solution. It’s one you’ll need in your toolbox if you ever have to copy footnoted content from old briefs, etc.
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Okay, The Guru has a confession to make: I used to be afraid of hanging indents.
This, of course, is silly. Of all the things in the world there are to be afraid of — snakes, heights, public speaking, thermonuclear war, global economic meltdowns — hanging indents are pretty innocuous. But I did, until fairly recently, go through a period where I avoided doing hanging indents because I kept getting confused by them. (More on that later.)
Some of you are asking, “What is a hanging indent?” It’s a style of paragraph indentation that has the first line flush with the left margin but indents all of the subsequent lines in the paragraph, like so:
(If you had to write term papers in APA Style in college, you recognize the format.)
Now you’re asking, “So what’s so scary about a hanging indent?” and “Why should I care about ‘em?” Let me explain.
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Recently, I’ve gotten several questions from users who love the paragraph autonumbering technique illustrated at my post “How to automatically number your discovery requests … in 5 keystrokes,” but they need to start the numbering sequence above “1″.
So, I’ve updated my original post at the bottom to show everyone how to use the “/r” switch to start the numbering sequence at 2, 3, or whatever number you need.
Click here, then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to check out this new trick!
Last week, my guest post at Lawyerist gathered together some of the news coverage surrounding Microsoft’s release of Office 2013 (a.k.a. Office 15), including Bloomberg Businessweek’s interview with Steve Ballmer in which he responded, “I’m not going to talk about that” when asked when Microsoft would add an iPad app to Office.
The response was staggering — over 100 comments (so far), with what could politely be referred to as a diversity of opinion. Within a couple of hours of publication, the editor at Lawyerist reported that traffic to the site (and to my post) was going through the roof.
Click here to read the article and see what the excitement’s about.