1. Preliminary statements that summarize the case so that
decision makers understand the significance of the law and facts
2. Factual statements that demonstrate the inherent fairness and
legal validity of the writer's position.
3. Point headings that focus decision maker attention on a
specific legal problem in the case.
4. Arguments that demonstrate the
legal bases that compel a conclusion in the client's favor.
5. Refutations of opponents' arguments that assure the decision
maker that no meritorious points have been overlooked.
Legal Ease From Start to Finish
By Howard Posner
On Beginning a Court
By Beverly Ray Burlingame