Words Count: The Empirical Relationship Between Brief Writing and Summary Judgement Success
Summary judgment motions are critical tools for lawyers trying to resolve cases. This Article is the first to empirically examine whether lawyers are more likely to prevail when they file more readable summary judgment briefs. After controlling for multiple factors internal and extraneous to the briefs, we find that brief readability is significantly correlated to summary judgment success, but that it has a stronger relationship in federal than state courts.
Shaun Spencer, Words Count: The Empirical Relationship Between Brief Writing and Summary Judgement Success, 22 LEGAL WRITING: J. LEGAL WRITING INST. 61 (2018).
Originally published in 2018 by Legal Writing: Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.