Ted Olson and David Boies are probably most famous for squaring off against each other in Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 election.
Last year, they were on the same team in a lawsuit challenging California’s Proposition 8, a successful ballot initiative which defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the anti-Prop 8 forces led by Boies and Olson scored a victory; a U.S. District judge invalidated the proposition, and the case is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ross Guberman at Legal Writing Pro, a Northern Virginia-based company that trains lawyers to write better, took a look at the briefs in the Perry case and offered his thoughts on “Five Ways to Write Like Ted Olson and David Boies.”
It’s worth a look.