A Tip From Justice Patterson

Justice Patterson was among the panelists at a seminar on mass torts tonight.  In the course of her remarks about preserving issues on appeal, writing effective appellate briefs, and presenting compelling oral arguments, she made a suggestion that I had not heard before, even from her.

Justice Patterson suggested that rather than a one-sentence Conclusion section that says merely “For the reasons set forth above ….,” she suggests a terse summary of your key points once again, like a tailored and targeted bookend to an Introductory Statement.  Food for thought.