Before the Session
During the Session
- What are the ethical responsibilities of a lawyer filing a complaint on behalf of their client?
- What words do you use in a complaint for allegations you don’t personally know but have reason to believe are true?
- What are the parts of a typical complaint?
- What’s the purpose of the Jurisdiction and Venue section in a complaint?
- What’s a conclusory allegation?
- What does pleading standard mean?
- What are the strategic considerations in deciding how much detail to include in a complaint?
- What’s the main purpose of an answer, and what other sections might one include?
- What rules should be consulted when preparing an answer?
- When drafting an answer, hat are the available responses to each allegation?
- What’s the best way to respond to an allegation that quotes or refers to a document?
- What are affirmative defenses?
- What’s the difference between a counterclaim and a cross claim?
- 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
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