Quick Tips for Persuasive Writing by Judge Richard Gabriel

1. Don’t tell the court what to do, but ask sincerely what you would like the court to do. 2. Fact-based: no adjectives, adverbs, or disparaging language. 3. Concise, clear, and simple sentences: don’t repeat 4. Be helpful: make a reference to something relevant or useful to the court. 5. Avoid using Latin phrases. 6. Concentrate on your most important issues. 7. Effective organization and a road map. 8. Be accurate. 9. There is no personal attack 10. One citation of influential authority rather than two, unless necessary.

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