good advice, kind of a compromise.
And JJ, if our conversations are anything like your briefs, they are over-analyzed!
As far as canned briefs, I find it relieving to just have them available in case I need them in a time crunch situation. It's better to use those than to not brief at all I think. I bought the High Court Case Summaries for Contracts and Torts. Last semester when I was trying to save time so I could outline I would read the case in the casebook, marking it up as I would if I were going to do the brief myself, then read the canned brief. I then retyped the canned brief and added in anything else I thought was important that was left out of the canned brief. Since the Torts cases in the casebook weren't very long I mainly bought the High Court Case Summary to help me add all the cases to my outline. Each brief contains a short fact statement and rule statement, which I could quickly put in my outline.