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By: Roberto N. Dio
What is a memorandum?
A written explanation of how the applies to a given set of facts. A party's written statement of its legal arguments presented to the court, usually in the form of a brief
[Black’s Law Dictionary 1074 (9th Ed., 2009)].
Purpose of the trial memorandum
To persuade a legal decision-maker to act on a particular point of view.
Parts of trial memorandum
Caption Opening statement Statement of facts Statement of Issues Discussion of arguments Closing Relief
Sources Footnotes Primary sources Secondary sources Repeating citations
Frontloading Focus on the facts Cite evidence Use a narrative style Speak in the active voice Humanize your client Simplify your story Catch your reader’s interest
Fonts Margins Titles Subheadings Paragraphing
Quotations Emphasis Images Attachments Pagination
Signature block Length Table of contents/Index Binding