February 01, 2016 practice points

A Good Lead: Capturing Your Audience

A good lead is important, whether it's an opening statements, a motion hearing where you have a limited amount of time, or a presentation to a client

By Hon. Mark A. Drummond

"You better listen to this guy," he whispered. I whispered back, "I am, but why make a point of it?" "Because," he confided, "he won the Pulitzer Prize."

This exchange occurred at my first editorial board meeting for this publication. The person whispering to me was the same person who asked me to start writing for Litigation News. He was speaking about our then editor-in-chief, Michael D.Yablonski, Pittsburgh, PA.

In his life before law, Mike was a reporter. When the skywalk collapsed in 1981 at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, he was assigned to the story. He and his fellow writers won the Pulitzer Prize the next year for their coverage.

The reason I mention this? Excluding myself, I wanted you to know that many of Litigation News writers have degrees in, or had jobs in, the field of writing. Many have roots in journalism. It is also kind of neat that Litigation News can boast having a Pulitzer Prize winner as one of our former editors-in-chief.

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