The topoi provide a framework for your reasoning

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Unformatted text preview: Essentially, a case brief is an outline of the important parts of a judicial opinion; it creates a framework for understanding an opinion's complex parts. Generally, a case brief should use sub- headings, in bold or capital letters to aid in quick retrieval of information. The purpose of this assignment is threefold: to learn the elements of a judicial opinion, to learn to write the case brief genre, and to reflect on how writing a case brief helped you better understand the cases themselves and the rhetoric at work in and surrounding both. You will write case briefs on both Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. Your briefs will each have six parts (use sub- headings to indicate parts 2- 6): 1. Case name and citation; 2. Issue; 3. Facts; 4. Holding; 5. Reasoning; 6. Dissent or Concurrence (if applicable). You will also use the legal topoi in the reasoning section...
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