Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weekly Writing Tip

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. - Herman Melville

Take it from a pro.  Theme: it's the glue that holds your arguments together. Without a theme, or an understandable theory of the case, your argument is little more than a mish mosh of statutes and cases.  Themes excite the reader, and compel the judge to believe that an injustice has been done to your client.  As I always say, a lawsuit, by definition, is a conflict, and conflict is the necessary ingredient for any drama.  The issue may be dry, but there is a story to be told.  Dig deep into the record and identify what the case is really about.  Make that theme permeate your argument.  Tell your client's story.      

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