Yesterday I came across an interesting post by Maria Buckley, author of The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques, listing various shorthand phrases for discussing patterns in case law. Here are a few of the phrases mentioned in Maria's post:
- "In Smith v. Jones, this Court squarely addressed. . . ."
- "The First Circuit has long recognized. . . ."
- "Although this Court has expressed a strong preference for . . . , it has frequently allowed . . . under similar circumstances."
- "The Supreme Court has not been sympathetic to. . . ."
Although I have not read her book, I highly recommend checking out Maria's list of "Lingo for Talking About Cases," which you can find here.