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May It Please the Court: Best Practices for Communicating with the Judge

James Alexander Lewis V, with contributions by Judge Michael A. Shipp

Law schools routinely tell students to “think like a lawyer.” In the practice of law, however, it is critically important for attorneys not only to think as lawyers, but also to communicate their clients’ positions in the manner most likely to achieve the best result. Lawyers must advocate their clients’ positions effectively, efficiently, and when appropriate—emphatically. This article discusses how to communicate with the Court in a manner that will be well-received and, most importantly, persuasive. Before contacting the Court, ask yourself the following questions:

A professional is aware that judges have extremely busy dockets and should consider whether requests are truly appropriate.

A professional is aware that judges have extremely busy dockets and should consider whether requests are truly appropriate.

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