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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Keep It Short; Have Every Word Tell

This post is about an article in the Texas Lawyer: "Working on the Clock: the Advantages of Timed Trials." It doesn't just give good advice for how to try a case on time limits, but argues that most of the changes advocates have to make are improvements. This appears to be true about timed trials; it is even more true about motion argument and appellate oral argument. Omit needless words. I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter. Prominent plaintiffs' attorney Mark Lanier's advocacy advice in the piece is particularly good.

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