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The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process

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From Webster To Word-Processing: The Ascendance Of The Appellate Brief, William H. Rehnquist Jan 1999

From Webster To Word-Processing: The Ascendance Of The Appellate Brief, William H. Rehnquist

The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process

Chief Justice William Rehnquist analyzed the evolution of Supreme Court advocacy. The discussion begins with the initial preference for oral arguments and the influence of nineteenth century Supreme Court advocate Daniel Webster. The discussion then turns to the Court’s shift from more attention to oral argument to written briefs.