Practice What You Preach
The recent release of interview transcripts with the Justices on the subject of legal writing is drawing a fair amount of media interest. The headline is that the members of the Court think that briefs are too long. “Lawyers somehow can’t give up the extra space,” Justice Ginsburg said, “so they fill the brief unnecessarily, not realizing that eye fatigue and even annoyance will be the response they get for writing an overlong brief.”
If you substitute “Justices” for “Lawyers” and “opinion” for “brief,” you get a terrific description of the Court’s output most of the time.