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O’Melveny’s Dellinger Quoted in The National Law Journal on The Solicitor General’s Style Guide

November 19, 2013

O’Melveny & Myers partner and former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger was quoted in The National Law Journal’s November 19, 2013, article, “Now Everybody Can Write Like the Solicitor General,” regarding the recently published The Solicitor General’s Style Guide. The article notes that “most practitioners agree that the quality of [the Solicitor General’s] legal briefs is high,” and describes a few of the “unusual style quirks favored by the SG’s office” that are included in the guide.

The piece features comments from several Solicitor General’s Office alumni, including Dellinger, who said: “The best thing about the style of the Solicitor General’s office is not in the manual. It is the custom that an SG brief should err on the side of understatement. I’m convinced that judges find that style is more persuasive than briefs that use lots of strong adjectives to condemn the other side’s ‘egregious’ ‘ridiculous’ ‘utterly nonsensical’ or ‘specious’ arguments.”

Dellinger is a member of O’Melveny’s Appellate Practice, and resides in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.