The responsibility for finalizing a brief or a memorandum of law is often delegated to a junior attorney. Generally, this will require her to utilize skills developed as a first-year law student, such as Bluebooking, cite checking and Shepardizing legal authority.

Regardless of whether or not these tasks are challenging, it is paramount that they be accurately performed. A properly finalized brief will allow the court to quickly review and analyze the precise legal authorities relied upon. On the other hand, citation mistakes damage counsel’s credibility and at the outset can weaken the court’s faith in the arguments presented.