Don't Give Away the Surprise Ending: Briefs are like mystery novels -- you don't want to ruin the suspense by revealing the surprise ending too early. Use the first 34 pages of your brief to lay out the most complicated legal puzzle imaginable. Only after you have completed befuddled the other side (and the judge as well) should you play your ace in the hole. "In any event, this is all academic because [fill in the blank]." The judge will be awed by your legal tour de force.
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