Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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29 BENCH & BAR | FIRST, BE CONCISE. A parenthetical is meant to shorten the case discussion so if you find yourself writing a two-sentence paren- thetical, perhaps the content of the case is important enough to be explained in your text itself. SECOND, FOCUS. What you put in the parenthetical depends on the rule you stated before you provided a supporting case citation. Make sure that the stated rule in the front is complete and fully states the rule. e parentheticals are there to merely support the stated rule by providing more details; they should not explain the rule better than your rule statement. Following these two guidelines, legal writers can put parentheticals to good use and make their writing both more persuasive and con- cise. e act of creating a well-crafted parenthetical is an exercise in focusing on what really matters in a case, which is an extremely useful skill for any legal writer. ENDNOTES 1. Eric P. Voigt, Explanatory Parentheticals Can Pack a Persuasive Punch, 45 McGeorge L. Rev. 269, 270-71 (2014). For those who want to learn much more on the power of effective parentheticals and how to write them, Voigt's article is an excellent resource. 2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Remarks on Appellate Advocacy, 50 S. C. L. Rev. 567, 568 (1999). 3. is example was borrowed from a very helpful article in Perspectives, a legal research and writing publication. See Elizabeth A. Keith and Julia C. Colarusso, e Subtext of Citation: Helping First-Year Law Students Understand the Substance of Legal Citation, 20 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 26, 28 (2011). ABOUT THE AUTHOR DR. JOANNE SWEENY teaches Lawyer- ing Skills and Writing For Practice at the University of Louisville. Prior to coming to Louisville, she was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans Col- lege of Law. After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Sweeny then practiced as an employment litigator in Los Angeles before completing her Ph.D. in law at Queen Mary, University of London. Dr. Sweeny's current scholarly interests include comparative constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and gender, and legal history. Fastest smartest malpractice insurance. Period. 800.906.9654

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