How Many Points to Raise on Appeal

From Gary v. Braddock Cemetery, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 2533 (3d Cir. Feb. 5, 2008):

With a decade and a half of federal appellate court experience behind me, I can say that even when we reverse a trial court it is rare that a brief successfully demonstrates that the trial court committed more than one or two reversible errors. I have said in open court that when I read an appellant's brief that contains ten or twelve points, a presumption arises that there is no merit to any of them. I do not say that it is an irrebuttable presumption, but it is a presumption nevertheless that reduces the effectiveness of appellate advocacy. Appellate advocacy is measured by effectiveness, not loquaciousness. [Citation and quotation omitted.]

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