If annotating and highlighting are so effective, why brief? An effective way to reduce this time is to annotate the margins of the casebook. When you first start annotating, you may think that some passages are more important than they really are, and therefore you may resist the urge to make a mark in order to preserve your book and prevent false guideposts.
I know this sub-step is out of order. Therefore we recommend that you save blue for the elements that you rarely highlight. Often policy discussions, economic balancing and discussions of the intent of the legislature will be included in this section.
Annotations will also remind you of forgotten thoughts and random ideas by providing a medium for personal comments. Example: Any person who shall assault another with a gun, revolver, pistol, knife, iron bar, club, brass knuckles or other dangerous weapon.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it works for you, regardless of what others recommend. The rule is typically a quotation from a prior case which is usually given away by the quotation marks and the citation. Like annotating, highlighting may seem unimportant if you create thorough, well-constructed briefs, but highlighting directly helps you to brief.
This may seem simple, but the court may talk about multiple issues, and may discuss multiple arguments from both sides of the case.