The Reply Brief: How to Play Offense

, New York Law Journal

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Sole practitioner Thomas R. Villecco writes: The assumption that the court reads the briefs in chronological order is no longer a safe one. Since the reply brief has increasingly become the critical point by which the appellant must make a compelling first impression, advocates must learn how to effectively weave their theme and theory of the case throughout the reply, just as they would in the opening brief.

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