Herrera, who writes the column, `Legal Writing,' for the Maricopa County Bar Association's monthly publication, said Brokaw's technique helped readers "tune in" to important questions. That technique, as explained by Mary Beth Beazley in the book, A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, works for attorneys, too, Herrera wrote.
"Many legal writers are guilty of being the boring, uninformative newscasters," she wrote. "They introduce important quotations with the typical phrase, `The court held the following,' or some variant of that phrase."
"By taking the time to introduce a long quotation with a Tom Brokaw introduction, the legal writer ensures that the reader understands the point of the quotation, even if the reader skims or skips the quotation entirely," she wrote.
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