No “skeletal” arguments

February 15, 2013

  • 170B Federal Courts
  • 170BVIII Courts of Appeals
  • 170BVIII(H) Briefs
  • 170Bk714 k. Specification of Errors; Points and Arguments.

170B Federal CourtsIt is not enough merely to mention a possible argument in a brief in the most skeletal way, leaving the court to do counsel’s work, create the ossature for the argument, and put flesh on its bones.
Alejandro-Martinez v. Ortiz-Vazquez, 485 Fed.Appx. 441 (1st Cir. 2012)
Suggested by Barbara Bozonie, Principal Attorney Editor, Thomson Reuters Westlaw™