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Training Guide

Supporting Motion Papers


Training Guide

Supporting Motion Papers

Motion Practice
Remote or in person

What’s Covered

Notice of motion
Proposed orders
Affidavits and declarations
Motions to seal and sealing documents
Proofs of service 

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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    Supporting Motion Papers

    Discussion of supporting documents that may be filed with a brief. Covers the notice of motion, proposed order, declarations and affidavits, exhibits, motions to seal, and proof of service. Provides drafting tips and rules, as well as guidance on how to avoid a last-minute scramble with numbering your exhibits.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check
Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:
  • What supporting documents might be filed with your brief?
  • What information should be included in affidavits and declarations?
  • When are lawyer affidavits versus witness affidavits used?
  • What steps can you take to keep your exhibits organized while the brief is being drafted?
  • How should you go about filing a sealed document? 
  • What are the different ways of serving a motion? 
  • How will your proof of service differ depending on which method of service you use?
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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