LawProse Lesson #310: The Mastery of Point Headings.
In this space, you’ve seen explanations of how to prepare good point headings, which are exceedingly rare. Three of the 100 tips in The Winning Brief illustrate first-rate point headings—which should be complete sentences set down-style (not in initial caps). More than 20 tables of contents from winning briefs appear as examples of how to frame them most effectively—the majority from the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office filings. The most recent issue of Litigation magazine has Bryan Garner’s grades for point headings in U.S. Supreme Court briefs for the 2016 term—the grades ranging from A to D. Yes, some well-known Supreme Court practitioners receive Cs and Ds in the piece. Have a look here. To learn more about point headings, as well as innumerable other subtleties that affect persuasiveness, sign up for the summer webinar sessions of The Winning Brief. Sign up yourself, and sign up your whole team with inexpensive secondary licenses. The courses will help you become more efficient and more effective as a brief-writer. No matter how good you may think you already are, you can transcend your current practices. We think you’ll want to watch again and again.