Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ethical legal writing: be kind to trial judges

As part of the joint appendix submitted to the appellate court, a lawyer had included a photocopy of the trial court's opinion on which someone at the firm had made handwritten margin notes stating "WRONG" next to various of the trial court's findings. The appellate court considered this "indecorous and unprofessional" and stated its hope that it would not recur.

Allen v. Seidman, 881 F.2d 375, 381 (7th Cir. 1989).

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