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June 14, 2011

The Justices: On Good Writing and Oral Argument

Filed under: Legal Writing — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 12:49 pm

When it comes to writing, Scalia admits to being a snoot. Kennedy hates adverbs and disdains nouns that are converted to verbs. Scalia and Kennedy love the give and take of oral argument while Alito and Thomas view it as “relatively unimportant”. Who said “Stupid questions from a justice are a lot less harmful than giving stupid answers”? Do you know which Justice prefers to write the first draft of an opinion and which Justice never even sees a draft until it has been through three rewrites by his law clerks? Read more.

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