To succeed, litigators must write well. After all, we are hired to advocate. To do that, we must be able to explain an issue, tell a story, assert a position, and yes, change a mind. We are nearly always writing when we are not in court. We draft pleadings, motion papers, legal briefs, letters to judges, and emails to opposing counsel and clients. In each of these, we communicate with a purpose. This article is a brief primer, in two parts. In the first part below, I discuss ten points to help you write effectively and find your own voice.