Legal Liab - PP - How to Brief a Legal Case

Legal Liab - PP - How to Brief a Legal Case - Opinion •...

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Reading and Briefing a Legal Case Identify the name of the case. Identify the court and date of the case
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Reading the Case Read and re-read the case Identify the plaintiff and defendant (e.g. who is suing who) Is the case on appeal?
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Identify the Issues What is the issue in the case? Are there more than one issue involved in the case?
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Facts Read and summarize the facts of the case into one to two paragraphs. “Only the facts”, Ma’am!
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Decision or “holding” What was the decision of the court? How many judges were involved in the decision? Is there a “dissent”? (minority viewpoint).
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Unformatted text preview: Opinion • Do you agree or disagree with the courts decision? • Why do you agree or disagree? (Explain in a summarized fashion). Final Case Brief • Usually no more than 1 page • List the case name, citation and court • Tom v. Sam, 500 F.2d 70 (XXth Circuit, 2009). • Remember to underline or bold case names • Issue: Provide the summarized issue of the case • Facts: No more than 1-2 paragraphs at most • Holding: the decision in the case • Opinion: Your summarized agreement or disagreement with the decision...
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