Appellate Practice

Check your briefs for acronym overuse, DC Circuit clerk tells lawyers in campaign finance case

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Acronyms continue to bedevil the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Parties before the court are advised in circuit rules to avoid little-known acronyms; lawyers who didn’t heed the advice were called out in a 2012 opinion. Now the clerk’s office is doing its part to police the briefs.

On Tuesday, the clerk’s office told lawyers in a campaign finance case that they had seven days to file a revised brief eliminating uncommon acronyms, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. Word limits remain in effect, the lawyers were told.

“Upon review of the brief(s) recently filed in this case,” the letter said, “the clerk’s office has found that the text contains numerous acronyms and abbreviations. Therefore, you are advised to re-examine the brief(s) to ensure conformity with the court’s policy.”

The offending briefs were not identified.

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