Write Clearly, Concisely to Say What You Want, and Lay a Path to Get There

As creator and host of the award-winning Portia Project podcast, which chronicles the storied careers of women judges, lawyers, and leaders from throughout the United States, I have interviewed nearly 100 judges about their careers—and about what kind of advocacy they find effective and helpful in their decisionmaking process. 

Compiled here are seven tips for brief writing gathered from those podcast interviews. While most of these tips are from appellate justices, they apply equally to effective advocacy in the trial court as well.

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