Think of Your Cases as Places

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Talking About the Cases | No Comments »

Shorthand phrases allow us to avoid cumbersome references to case law or procedural history. Think of your cases as places and use “here” to refer to your client’s case and “there” and “where” to refer to the precedent, as in “Here, the court held that . . . . ” or “There, the court refused to . . . .” Avoid phrases such as “the instant case”or “the present case.” They are clunky legalese. Simply say “this case.”

So think of your cases as places—although they might not be places you want to visit for long!



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