From the ABA:
Maybe you’ve investigated whether or not the judge in your case prefers the Oxford comma. That’s fine, but Ross Guberman, president of Legal Writing Pro and the author of “Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates,” thinks your time would be better spent “developing the core persuasive writing skills that would make almost all judges much happier.”
Guberman surveyed more than 1,000 state and federal trial and appellate judges about what they want to read in briefs and motions and wrote about it in “Judges Speaking Softly: What They Long for When They Read” in the Summer 2018 issue of Litigation Journal.
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