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Can you squeeze a winning appellate brief into a tweet?

Posted May 14, 2014 12:45 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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Poll: Which Franklin, Franklin & @TheLawyerDude caption fits best?

This poll ended on Mon, June 16, 2014 - 9:00:45.

Results

  • "I hear his winning appellate brief was 140 characters or less."
    131 votes (48.7%)
  • "The Partnership Committee said I had better trial skills, but Johnson had more Twitter followers."
    83 votes (30.86%)
  • "When I told your brother to make a name for himself here, this is not what I had in mind."
    55 votes (20.45%)
Total Votes: 269

One of the possible answers in our May caption contest (see cartoon at left—and for complete rules, follow this link) is "I hear his winning appellate brief was 140 characters or less."

Sounds impossible. But back in 2011, the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section held its first-ever Twitter brief competition, and two subsequent competitions have taken place.

So this week, we'd like to ask you: Can you squeeze a winning appellate brief into a tweet? Give it a shot in the comments below. And if you're tweet-briefing a real case, let us know what the case is.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answer to last week's question: What are the worst Supreme Court decisions ever?

Featured answer:

Posted by JRG: "Wickard v. Filburn started us on a track that so broadly expanded the Commerce Clause, it now basically allows Congress to do anything they want as long as there is some economic impact to someone, somewhere. Sure, there have been one or two decisions since then holding that Congress wasn’t properly exercising its powers under the Commerce Clause, but the vast majority of them have come down on the wrong side, and it basically started with Wickard v. Filburn."

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