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In the Beginning: The Art of Crafting Preliminary Statements

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:05 PM
This presentation will discuss how to incorporate a narrative theme and legal theory of the case into a Preliminary Statement. We will look at examples from briefs and judicial opinions that illustrate how to concisely highlight the strengths of a client's case and low light its weaknesses, and then work with a hypothetical case to consider how to address the difficulties of drafting a preliminary statement when the client is unsympathetic or his/her case has weak facts or law. Using the analogy of a one minute presentation to a literary agent, we will consider how to set out key facts and law as briefly as possible, integrating logos, pathos and ethos into a short document.

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This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.5 hours of total CLE credit.
FACULTY:
Amy Bitterman
Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Instructor | Rutgers Law School
LOCATION:
Rutgers Law School
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
CREDITS:
CLE: NJ: 2.5 | NY: 2.5 | PA: 2.0
SUBJECT AREAS:
Skills Training
Legal Writing
COST:
$60.00
DETAILED INFORMATION:
Camden Location
Rutgers Institute for Professional Education
Rutgers Law School
217 North 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6658  •  
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Newark Location
Rutgers Institute for Professional Education
Rutgers Law School
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-5928  •  
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