Here's Why Numbers Confuse Judges and Clients
By doing it this way, you give your judge a time reference and let her know that the process continued fairly and expeditiously, but you don't confuse her with insignificant dates.
In the following example, note that the lawyer mentions “Yeoman Construction Company” only one time in his brief – in this sentence. But his readers will still try to memorize Yeoman and the date, because they don’t know till they get to the end of the brief that Yeoman and the date are not important:
On February 17, 2011, Yeoman Construction Company (“Yeoman”) contracted with the Virginia Housing Authority to build 171 units of low-income housing.
The rewrite below allows the judge to focus on an important name and an important number: the “Virginia Housing Authority” and “171”:
In early 2011, the previous builder contracted with the Virginia Housing Authority to build 171 units of low-income housing.
Whether you’re writing a brief, a memorandum, an email, or a letter to a client, never include a name, a date, or a number, unless it’s important.