Paul L. Langer quoted in article "What New Associates Need To Do To Launch A Great Career"
Following is an excerpt:
"Do not reinvent the wheel. If you have a research assignment requiring a memorandum or if you have been asked to draft a brief or other pleading, ascertain if anyone else in your firm has researched and prepared a memorandum or pleading on the same issue. Ask the partner handing out the assignment or his/her assistant for samples of similar memoranda, briefs or other pleadings the partner has submitted or filed so that you have the advantage of understanding that particular partner's preferences in style, formatting and other elements of written work product he/she considers important."