By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney
What’s the best way to write an effective appellate brief? The short answer is to use every part of the brief as an opportunity for advocacy. Here are some section-by-section tips for doing so.
The Table of Contents
The first thing the court sees when opening the brief is the table of contents. A good table of contents will be an outline of the argument, so the Court can read, understand, and hopefully be persuaded by the argument before ever reading a substantive paragraph of the brief. The best way to create such an outline is to make sure each heading in the argument is a full statement of one of the points of the argument, not just a statement of the subject of the section or subsection. So, a heading that says, for example, “The Statute of Limitations Did Not Begin to Run Until Mr. Brown Learned Smith Was Planning to Sell the Business When He Bought Mr. Brown’s Stock” is superior to one that simply says “The Statute of Limitations Has Not Run” or a subject heading “Statute of Limitations.” Worse still is the uninformative heading “The Trial Court Erred in Granting Summary Judgment.”
By: Alexander C. Trueblood, Attorney
It doesn’t take a deep dive into semi-truck accident statistics to learn that the sheer size and weight of these vehicles contributes to the devastating impact and severity of injuries suffered by occupants of passenger vehicles involved in a crash. According to Indiana State Police crash records, fatal injuries involving large commercial vehicles including semi-trucks have increased 4.9% from 2010 to 2014. Additionally, the number of people who have suffered incapacitating injuries involving a collision with a commercial truck have also increased 15.1% during that same timeframe. Overall, economic costs of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana approached $3.8 billion in 2014.
By: Jeff S. Gibson, Attorney
Consumers are bombarded daily by advertisements for pharmaceutical drugs via television commercials, magazine advertisements, banner ads displayed on their computers, and emails. How does this constant stream of information impact a person’s decision to seek medical advice or inquire about a particular drug? What impact, if any, do these advertisements have on drug safety for patients?
By: Arend J. Abel, Attorney
Two and a half years ago, I wrote a blog article wondering whether a decision from the Court of Appeals signaled a change in Indiana’s summary judgment standard. Now we have the answer. In a unanimous decision in Hughley v. State, which Indiana’s Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote, the Indiana Supreme Court reaffirmed the Indiana summary judgment standard.
by: Jeff S. Gibson, Attorney
The FDA is responsible for regulating the manufacture, sale, and distribution of drugs and medical devices in the United States including the oversight of the labeling of drugs and medical devices and the advertising of prescription drugs and restricted medical devices.
by: Arend J. Abel, Attorney
Business owners often form entities such as Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) or Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). Frequently, such entities are formed at the advice of lawyers, accountants, or other business advisors, to limit the business owner’s liability. But do they?
by: Melissa L. Stuart, Attorney
When your special needs child turns 18, they become a legal adult. Guardianship is a legal action that can allow you to continue to care for your child by making decisions about their healthcare and finances. My recent article on the Friendship Circle Blog discusses some things to consider about filing for guardianship.
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