Can You Write a Summary Judgment Motion by the End of the Week?

Vol. 17 No. 3


Karen Libertiny Ludden is a commercial litigation attorney at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C. in Southfield, Michigan.

You are finally a lawyer! You have the business cards and name plaque to prove it. And you knew one day you would receive the request—the Monday morning “request” from the managing partner: “Can you write a summary judgment motion by Friday?” “Of course,” you chirp and then stagger back to your office with four red rope folders and a sudden headache. Here is your time to shine, but will you? How do you write a dispositive motion on an unfamiliar case in such a short time? Do you follow the partner’s advice to read only “the stuff in folder 3,” or do you read it all? What about billable time? Will a client pay for you to slog through the whole file? Where should you cut corners?

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