Conceding a point

The first 2 paragraphs of Why Trial Lawyers Say It Better by Adam Freedman:

“Does it sing?”

At my old law firm, that was code for “Is your brief finished?” Admittedly, if you’re not a lawyer, the prospect of a singing legal brief will probably leave you cold. But there’s truth to the musical metaphor. An elegant legal brief (a written argument submitted to a court) has all the harmony of great prose.

Here, Adam Freedman is conceding a point — or, more accurately, acknowledging an objection.

He is saying that he knows full well many of his readers are not going to think legal writing ever “sings” – he “admits” it!

Then he goes on to assert that in fact elegant legal writing does sing: elegant legal writing has the “harmony of great prose.”

Summing up:
Writer’s argument: Elegantly written legal briefs have the harmony of great prose.
Point conceded: A lot of people would disagree.

AND SEE:
The reader over your shoulder
Concession words

Concession words

Words we use to concede a point while making our case (I’ll link to examples as I come across them – complete list of concession-word posts here):

after all
although
although it is true that
at the same time
admittedly
alternatively
at any rate
besides
but still
conversely
granted
however
I concede that
in any case
in any event
in contrast
in spite of
instead
it is true, but
meanwhile
nevertheless
nonetheless
naturally
no doubt
notwithstanding
obviously
of course [it is true that]
on the one hand…on the other hand
otherwise
still
that said
to be sure
true, … but
yet

AND SEE:
“The reader over your shoulder” | 4/29/212
Conceding a point | 4/29/2012
Conceding a point using notwithstanding | 5/1/2012
Conceding a point using on the other hand | 8/25/2012
MO’s paragraph expressing concession | 4/29/2012
Concession words in Ben Bernanke’s speech | 8/31/2012
Roddy Doyle uses “admittedly” to un-concede a point | 9/8/2012
Helen Keller uses “although” to concede a point | 9/8/2012
SI uses nevertheless to concede a point | 10/1/2012