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Guest Post @ Lawyerist: How to Format an Appellate Brief

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.

1 How to put a different footer on the last page of a document

With a hat-tip to Susan Harkins at TechRepublic.com, I’m going to show you one of the neatest Word tricks I think I’ve ever seen … and exactly how I’m going to put it to use to solve a long-standing problem: getting something to show up in the footer on every page except the last.

Around our office, we do a lot of wills.  A lot. And the attorneys who do them like for their clients to initial all of the non-signature pages whenever they execute the will itself.  (It keeps anybody from getting cute later and substituting a page before taking it to the Probate Judge.  People are sneaky that way.)  So we put “Initials: _______” in the footer on the right margin so it prints on every page.

I always thought my preferred solution, using Section Breaks, was the last word in solving the problem of how to get that footer text to not show up on the last page.  But noooooo.  Susan’s got a better idea: embedding a custom function in there.

Here’s the video demonstration:

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