Submit your best brief for the OSBA Litigation Section Best Brief Award

Sept. 21, 2017

The Ohio State Bar Association's Litigation Section has established a Best Brief Award for briefs filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Purpose:

  • To educate the bar, law students, and students generally about excellent written advocacy. 
  • To highlight appellate advocacy as a specialized practice.
  • To recognize outstanding appellate advocacy.

Process:

  • There will be two categories: Private Briefs and Public Briefs.
  • An office or firm may submit up to three briefs filed within 2016 to the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Briefs may be from any stage of litigation, including original actions.
  • Each brief should remove the cover and service pages, and redact any other signatures. The cover page should be replaced with a unique identifying combination of 8 letters and numbers for later ID.

Judging Criteria:

The briefs submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Marshalling Authorities and Facts: Does the brief comprehensively gather the authorities and facts that support the arguments without adding needless or repetitive citations?
  • Organization: Are the issues presented logically and in an order that maximizes persuasiveness?
  • Clarity of writing: Can a reader without subject-matter familiarity understand the argument after reading the brief once?  Does the brief flow so that it reads quickly?
  • Persuasiveness: Does the brief combine all the elements of research, organization, prose, and clarity to deliver an effective end product?

Click here to submit your Best Brief! Submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

To read the award winning briefs submitted to the OSBA in 2016, click the following links below:

Best Private Briefs:

Brief submitted by Ice Miller LLC and others

Brief submitted by Paul W. Flowers Co. L.P.A

 

Best Public Briefs:

Brief submitted by Attorney General's Office

Brief submitted by Ohio Public Defender's Office


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