Brief in Matson v. Thomas, John Valentine (1720) — Oldest
known legal brief in British North America, got precedent that British
colonists in North America had inherited the rights of Englishmen,
laying the foundation for the American War of Independence.
Jeremiah S. Black, Argument in Behalf of Lambdin P. Milligan, in Ex
parte Milligan, 1866. Masterpiece of legal argument in a critical
case by the attorney for Milligan.
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briefs associated with pleadings and organized by constitutional right.