Summaries: one lawyer's experience
A reader sent me this note about a summarizing technique I have recommended:
I was finally able to use the suggestions about affidavits in your "writing for the trial judge piece"--smaller case without in-house counsel freaking out about anything new. The senior partner I'm working with immediately adopted this for the affidavits he wrote and said he's going to add the bold synopsis and headings to every affidavit he does "for the rest of my life."The article the reader is referring to is:
Wayne Schiess, Writing to the Trial Judge: Part Two—for Affidavits, 83 Mich. B.J. 44 (Feb. 2004).
And the same material appears in chapter of 11 of my book:
Better Legal Writing