Written versus Oral

During my morning run, I reflected on criminal and civil jury cases I tried decades ago. I though about how much I concentrated on what I perceived as brilliant and persuasive cross-examination and oral argument and how little emphasis I placed on documentary exhibits and written jury charges. On reflection, I got it backwards. Today, I would concentrate on written persuasion without neglecting oral persuasion. As lawyers, we like to think of ourselves as great orators but the legal profession and our clients need great writers.

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