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Jane's poem, "Litigation Civility" by Jane Shay Wald

Irell & Manella LLP

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A strategy too oft' ignored?
Civility. I'm often floored

By energy some lawyers waste
Dispatching emails in poor taste

To threaten motions with no basis
(Adding billings to weak cases?)

The court won't like you any better
If you send a pompous letter

Citing Shakespeare to explain
Your client thinks that mine's insane

A tactic: Focus on the facts,
And law. Just skip the snide attacks.


Jane Shay Wald is a Partner Emeritus of Irell & Manella LLP, and a past President of the Century City Bar Association.

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