How to Write – Forms, Format, Formulaic

This is actually about a post on another blog entitled “How to Write a Statement of the Standard of Review in Five Simple Steps.” While the post give great step-by-step instructions for writing a statement of the standard of review, the approach is applicable to almost everything a paralegal is charged with drafting. In particular it comes with this advice,

Adding boilerplate language or copying and pasting from other appellate briefs does nothing to aid the court and can damage your credibility. The best practice is researching and specifically tailoring the statement of the standard of review to your case.

In short, forms and formats are fine, but being formulaic is not. Cut-and-paste works only if it is proceed and followed by sound thinking and judgment. Check out this and other fine posts at Vodzaklegal.

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