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Training Guide

Argument Section of a Brief


Training Guide

Argument Section of a Brief

Motion Practice
Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Sequencing your arguments
  • Drafting headings
  • Structuring each point in the argument section
  • Tips for citing to authority
  • Framing the rule of law
  • Applying the rule of law to your facts

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check
Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:
  • What are some things you consider when sequencing your arguments in your brief?
  • What purpose do headings serve in your brief?
  • What structure should each point in your argument section follow?
  • What are some important considerations in framing the rule of law? In applying it?
  • What are some ways to effectively cite to authority?
  • What are some ways to distinguish negative cases?
Part 2: Group Exercise
Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.
Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.
Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics
Share your own experiences and guidance, including:
  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Motion Practice topic.

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