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Brevity is the Soul of Law

Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet that 'Brevity is the Soul of Wit,' and this observation holds true for legal persuasion as well. Brevity is - or at least should be - the soul of law. When it comes to persuasive legal writing, less is more. This is particularly true when courts are operating with limited budgets and exploding dockets. This article addresses ways to condense or "declutter" our written advocacy.

This article was first printed in the May 2013 edition of the California Lawyer. Permission for article reprint has been granted.

Laura A. Wytsma is partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles, where her practice focuses on appellate and patent litigation.