Training Guide

Reply Briefs


Training Guide

Reply Briefs

Motion Practice
Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Goals of a reply brief
  • Deciding what to include 
  • Assessing harm from the opposition brief
  • Rehabilitating your arguments
  • Drafting the introduction 
  • Drafting the argument section

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.

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    Reply Briefs

    How to approach drafting a reply brief, including goals, choosing what to argue, and drafting the introduction and argument sections.

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    Reply Briefs


During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check
Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:
  • What are some characteristics that are unique to a reply brief?
  • How might you decide what points to argue in your reply brief?
  • What are some ways you can rehabilitate arguments that the opposition damaged?
  • Why is it important to address any new argument raised by the other side in their opposition?
  • What should you cover in the introduction section of your reply brief?
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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