Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Summers v. Schiro (9th Cir. - March 13, 2007)

Want to read a tight and incredibly well-argued opinion that's a perfect lesson in both (1) how to get out of being bound by adverse circuit precedent, and (2) how to write a great opinion without unnecessary fluff? Then read this one by Judge Willie Fletcher.

Impressive. It's written not at all like a law professor who's used to writing long, ponderous, and boring law review articles. It's short. Tight. To the point. And powerfully persuasive.

I like it. A lot. Both as to substance and style.