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Five Questions Attorneys Should Answer for a Judge or Arbitrator

The difference between lawyers and judges or arbitrators is not skill, intelligence, or knowledge of the law. It's perspective. The adversarial process works because each participant plays a different role, but those disparate roles lead to disparate viewpoints. Before you draft a single word of your brief, consider your audience. If you understand how judges and arbitrators make decisions and then present your arguments accordingly, you are more likely to succeed.

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