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From Anecdata to Data on Writing a Winning Brief

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What is the underlying support for legal writing advice? Much of it, unfortunately, seems to be based on anecdata—a recommendation from a successful litigator, a conversation with a judge at a networking event, or perhaps a horror story from a senior partner. These are all good sources of wisdom, to be sure. I’ve gotten some great advice from conversations with judges and lawyers. But can’t we be a bit more scientific?