Oral Argument: The Paradox of Simplicity

Simple expression rarely reflects simple thinking. Usually the reverse is true: Those who can explain a concept simply usually understand it thoroughly, while those with imperfect understanding stumble around in windy, turgid generalities. And simplicity has its own rewards: When the text makes it easy for a judge to appreciate a difficult proposition, he will thank the advocate for the favor, sometimes in the form of a favorable ruling. (John E. Nelson III, "Building a Brief," in Appellate Practice Manual 228, 231)