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Think You Can You Fit an Appellate Brief into a Tweet?

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on August 16, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Can you write an appellate brief in 140 characters or less (including spaces)?

This odd question--and challenge--has been posed by the Appellate Section of the Texas State Bar, which is kicking off its annual meeting in September with a Twitter brief competition, asking members and attendees to test their ability to make it short and quick.

For those yearning to enter--and those who have no clue where to start--here are a few suggestions to get those creative juices flowing.

One option is to write a tweet inspired by a recent appellate decision:

Or you could go the standard route:

  • Prosecutors inappropriately withheld Brady evidence.
  • Defendant was subject to custodial interrogation; wasn't read Miranda rights.
  • Appellant had a clearly established constitutional right; appellees not entitled to qualified immunity.

Or how about the flippant route?

  • My client is insane; but he respectfully requests that his conviction be vacated anyway.
  • Appellant knows he has no chance of winning, but hopes you side with him anyway.

Now that you've been sufficiently inspired, go ahead and try your hand at an appellate tweet. You may just win the Twitter brief competition.

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