If Weak Appellate Brief is Written and There’s No One Around to Read It, Does it Still Suck?  This is a project we work on during the entire first year of law school culminating in what hopefully is a well-written appellate brief and an intelligent, well-prepared oral argument.

OK, so I finally have a decent draft done of our first appellate brief argument. I define “decent” here as meaning there are words that make up intelligible sentences filling up almost 4 pages and somewhere within them, were they to be finely honed, might be a sculpture of a fine argument, but right now, I fear, it is more in the rough stone stage.

This has been a frustrating exercise for me, as well as all of my fellow students I’ve spoken with about this project.  We don’t know what we are doing, how to approach it, or really what is expected of us. Our professor, not being an idiot, has probably designed the madness purposefully. Tonight’s writing class should be interesting. We’ll either find out we are almost on target, way off target, or we’ll remain clueless. Have I covered the options fairly well?

Well, at least I can be happy that I have a draft to take to class, and still have two hours until the class begins. See, I did not push the limits of procrastination as far as I might have!