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  • children little secret

    Today, I discuss the second “P” in the P+P Principle. If you are wondering what the heck is that Principle, then read my prior posting. I explained all the juicy details in that posting, including why the text preceding a parenthetical determines the content of the parenthetical.

    The second “P” refers to the purpose for including a parenthetical with a citation. Like the preceding text, the purpose for using a parenthetical also determines what information belongs in the parenthetical. You may use parentheticals for various purposes, such as

  • children little secret

    I am sorry for my lack of postings in December. I was enjoying one of the non-financial benefits of being a professor—a long Christmas break! I am kicking off the new year with a series of postings on how to draft effective explanatory parentheticals for your citations in your motions and briefs. This post and the next one will focus on the P+P Principle (which I intentionally made ambiguous so you would continue reading).

  • Each major premise in your motions and briefs must be supported by authority. The initial cases that you find after running a Google search are probably not your best ones. (Yes, we know that you use Google to research, but we won’t tell your clients. But we will tell the ethics commission if you try to bill those research “costs,” which you would never do, of course.)

    So how should you select the best authority?

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