I filed a hearing memorandum last week for a claim scheduled to go to hearing this Thursday in Manchester, New Hampshire. I got a call this morning from the judge's assistant, saying that the judge had decided to grant the claim on the record, and would I please notify my client that no hearing would be necessary. Such is the power of the hearing memorandum.
I have written before that there a many good reasons to write a hearing memorandum. Here is one more reason: you will get more on the record decisions.
Hearing briefs simplify cases by addressing issues in advance of the hearing. If you can address the judge's concerns in advance, a hearing is not always necessary.