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The Danger Of Over-Quoting, by Raymond Ward, the (new) legal writer blog


Page after page of lengthy quotations are the sign of a lazy writer. Use quotes to add credibility to your argument, but not to make your argument for you. When readers are faced with a lengthy quote, a reader often skims over it than reading it in its entirety.

A good rule of thumb is to quote only when the court says it better than you can. Even then, quote sparingly. Use spot citations for any quote, holding, or reasoning by the court in your document.  -CCE