TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 30, 2018
A coalition of 18 law firms that specialize in U.S. Supreme Court advocacy told the court today that proposed rules aimed at trimming the length of briefs “would be harmful” to lawyers’ ability to “thoroughly and thoughtfully brief issues that are critical to the court’s resolution of the cases before it," Law.com reports. The proposed rule changes called for cutting the word limit of briefs on the merits from 15,000 to 13,000 words. A letter from the coalition said that in “average” cases, that reduction might be doable, but added, “It can be challenging in cases of even moderate complexity to recite the relevant facts, argue the issues raised, and include all required parts of the brief within the currently allotted 15,000 words.”