Point-first writing is one of the most important guiding principles in drafting an Alexsei memo.
Specifically, point-first writing requires a proposition to be stated clearly before that proposition is developed or supported. Laskin, J.A. stated the following in an article about writing more persuasive factums:
Unfortunately, too many factums contain either point last writing or no-point-at-all-writing. Lawyers seem to resist giving their conclusion upfront. They think that readers need to understand how the argument develops, or that readers will not appreciate their point until they are familiar with the relevant facts or that an anticipated conclusion will make the ultimate conclusion repetitive. As valid as these concerns may be, they do not outweigh the desirability of point-first writing.
At Alexsei, point-first writing is essential to writing a concise and persuasive memo. And while this article is not focused on the principles of concision and persuasion (each require their own), there are a few things to say here as they relate to point-first writing.