Friday, January 6, 2012
In his January ABA Journal column on talking like a lawyer, James McElhaney presents some good pointers for oral argument. When McElhaney says "talk like a lawyer," he definitely does NOT mean using legalese. Rather, he urges advocates to follow a clear organization, show rather than tell, and keep the argument simple. He also advises, “When you are done, stop.” Although the column is aimed at oral argument, most of its suggestions will apply to brief writing as well.