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Lucy Dollens featured in “New SCOTUS word limits sharpen focus on writing”

The Indiana Lawyer

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Dollens, managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Indianapolis office, also chairs the Amicus Committee for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. The organization often fields requests from defense attorneys to write a friend of the court brief in support of their client or position. While any one of the attorneys in a pool of volunteers can take the lead on writing, occasionally she will handle the job of putting the words on paper.

Usually Dollens begins by writing the most important point or strongest arguments that DTCI wants to make in a particular case. From there, she proceeds to get everything on paper, then goes back and looks for places to edit and cut.

“My process,” Dollens replied when asked how she writes a brief, “is finding time when I’m free from distractions.”


“Teamwork is critical,” Dollens said. “We have some incredible authors who step up to write these briefs. It’s made my job enjoyable to work closely with the authors.”


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