Enjoy an early-bird discount to Briefwriting Masterclass, 2-4 Dec, Abuja

Enjoy an early-bird N50,000 discount to Briefwriting Masterclass

Register and pay before Saturday 21 November 2015 to take advantage of the early-bird discount. You pay only N100,000. You get N50,000 off.

A brief should be luminous, not voluminous.” – Irvin Taylor

Briefwriting Masterclass is an eclectic treatment of written advocacy. Linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course indisputably nonpareil.

This brief-writing symposium will:

    1. sharpen your analytical skills- you’ll learn to analyze facts, issues, and authorities;
    2. hone your issue-spotting acumen- you’ll learn to identify and diagnose legal issues; and
    3. deepen your precedent-application prowess- you’ll learn to synthesize diverse precedents and apply them to your clients’ advantage.

You will learn how to write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Just look at the course outline (attached below). Download the course outline here.

When you write as we teach, the judiciary will fall in love with your majestic prose, whilst looking askance at your opponent’s lumpen apologetics.

Dates: Wed 2-Friday 4 Dec 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja
Fees: Before 21 Nov, N100,000
From 21 Nov, N150,000

Please pay in advance to The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank.

• If you pay by online transfer, enter your full name in the Reference or Remarks column of your bank’s online platform or email transfer advice to chinua@writehouseng.com.
• If you deposit cash or cheque, add your name onto the deposit slip and email it to chinua@writehouseng.com.
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

The Write House
www.writehouseng.com
Email chinua@writehouseng.com
Phone +234 803 341 2508, +234 812 236 3614

Conference agenda for written-advocacy training program

Day 1- Wednesday 28 October 2015

7.30-8.30 am- Registering and seating participants & distributing materials

9.00-11.00am: The Architecture of Argument- Issues for Determination

11.00-11.30am: Tea Break

11.30-12.00noon: Discussion, Questions & Answers

12noon-1.00pm: Task 1: Use Garner’s deep-issue format to reconstruct the issues for determination in Uwazuruike v Attorney General [2013] 10 NWLR (Part 1361) 105.

1.00-2.00pm: The Introduction, the facts section, and procedural history

2.00-3.00pm: Lunch

3.00-5.00pm: The Introduction, the facts section, and procedural history, cont’d

5.00-5.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers

Day 2- Thursday 29 October 2015

9.00-11.00am: The Argument section

11.00-11.30am: Tea Break

11.30am-12.30pm: The Argument section, cont’d

12.30-1.00pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers

1.00-2.00pm: Task 2: Narrate the facts of Uwaifo v Uwaifo [2013] 10 NWLR (Part 1361) 185. Never mind the procedural history.

2.00-2.30pm: Think before you write

2.00-3.00pm- Lunch

3.00-3.30pm: Case Theory, Themes, and Priming

3.30-4.00pm: The Rhetorical Triangle

4.00-4.30pm: Logic and Clear Thought

4.30-5.30pm: Task 3: How sound is the Supreme Court judgment in Ighreriniovo v SCC [2013] 10 NWLR (Part 1361) 138? What are its deficiencies?

Day 3- Friday 30 October 2015

9.00-10.00am: Task 1 Presentation

10.00-11.00am: Task 2 Presentation

11.00-11.30am: Tea Break

11.30am-12.30pm: Task 3 Presentation

12.30-1.00pm: Group Photos

1.00-2.30pm: Lunch

2.30-3.00pm: Discussion
3.00-3.30pm: Feedback, Certificates, and Closing

Brief-writing book, ‘Anatomy of a Brief’, now N3000!

We celebrate with the Nigerian legal community, especially the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on the forthcoming 2015 NBA Annual General Conference Abuja.

As one of our contributions to the development of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Nigeria, we have reduced the price of our brief-writing book, Anatomy of a Brief , to N3000.

The Write House will make copies available to delegates at the Conference venue, International Conference Centre, Central Area, Abuja.

Request a copy for yourself or copies for your firm, court, or organization to learn how we are revolutionizing the way you prepare briefs, written addresses, and submissions.

For more details about the book, please click here.

Course Outline for Briefwiting Masterclass

The course contents below will show you just how rich our Briefwriting Masterclass promises to be for you, your partners, and associates:

1.0 The Architecture of Argument
1.1 The structure of a brief
1.2 Table of contents
1.3 Issues for Determination
1.4 The Introduction
1.5 Facts (and Procedural History)
1.6 The Argument Section
1.7 Conclusion
1.8 List of authorities

2.0 Issues for Determination
2.1 What is an issue or question for determination?
2.2 Place your issues upfront.
2.3 To formulate an issue, find governing law and isolate legally significant facts.
2.4 Winnow and prioritize your issues.
2.5 Devote time and effort to formulating your issues.
2.6 Learn the methods of drafting issues
2.6.1 The whether fragment
2.6.2 The one-sentence statement
2.6.3 The one-sentence question
2.6.4 The Catholic catechism
2.6.5 The under-does-when formula
2.6.6 Garner’s deep-issue format
2.7 Use deductive logic to elicit doctrinal holding.
2.8 Forget circumstances of this case.
2.9 Prefer legal to procedural juxtapositions.
2.10 Craft issues to steer the court your way.
2.11 Leave the lower court and other parties out of it.
2.12 Phrase your issues like questions.

3.0 Facts (and Procedural History)
3.1 Use topical headings.
3.2 Tell a story with your facts.
3.3 Your narrative should transcend mere storytelling.
3.4 Invest your story with a theme.
3.5 Stress your client’s perspective.
3.6 Let the facts tell the story- don’t interpret, don’t interrupt.
3.7 Shun the dating game and other data mess.
3.8 Call parties and witnesses their names.
3.9 Assign substantive descriptions to your data.
3.10 Fit facts to law.
3.11 Deploy characterization for persuasive effect.
3.11.1 Characterization could be constructive or destructive.
3.11.2 Direct negation is not characterization.
3.12 Appeal to the court’s conscience.
3.13 Appeal to the court’s emotion.
3.14 Tell your facts differently than in other documents.
3.15 Remember that the facts control the law.
3.16 Think like a novelist- borrow fiction elements.
3.16.1 Character—make your client likable.
3.16.2 Conflict—characterize the conflict with thematic undertones.
3.16.3 Resolution—prophesy a happy ending.
3.16.4 Organization—provide context before detail.
3.16.5 Point of view—choose a client-centred perspective.
3.17 Deal with bad facts—play safely with fire.
3.18 Procedural History

4.0 The Argument Section

PART A- Organization, Structure, and Posture

4.1 Organize for persuasive flow. Accentuate point headings.
4.2 Erect signposts along the way.
4.3 Use outlines and point headings for rhetorical advantage.
4.4 Boost organization with roadmaps.
4.5 Learn to structure your argument on each issue.
4.6 Foot in the Door (FITD) or Door in the Face (DITF)?
4.7 Winnow and prioritize your arguments.
4.8 Use topic sentences to reinforce rhetorical narration.
4.9 Use transition, bridging, and paragraphing to boost linguistic coherence.
4.10 Use exquisite civility to boost ethos.
4.11 Present your case as representing good law or sound policy. Save judicial labour. Apply social science.
4.12 Drop the digest and record methods of “argument.” And quarantine the plague of false ratios.
4.13 Choose a structural formula for your argumentation.

PART B- Rebuttal and Refutation

4.14 Plot your offensive and defensive gambits.
4.15 Enclose refutation in a halo of affirmative arguments.
4.16 Anticipatory refutation makes your case complete.
4.17 Recharacterization, negative imagery, and similar gambits.
4.18 Candid versus zealous advocacy.

PART C- Citations and Quotations

4.19 Minimize citations and quotations. Scrutinize your authorities and isolate their rationes decidendi.
4.20 Know your best precedents.
4.21 Follow hierarchy in citing authorities.
4.22 Use explanatory synthesis.
4.23 Avoid ‘talking footnotes.’ Banish citational algebra to footnotes.
4.24 Nurture the pinciting habit.
4.25 Explanatory parentheticals can pack a persuasive punch.

5.0 Think before you write.
5.1 Believe in your client’s cause- formulate a thesis for every case.
5.2 Draft issues and point headings early.
5.3 Try the Flowers paradigm.

6.0 Case Theory, Themes, and Priming
6.1 Your theory of the case converts the facts of the dispute into a legal problem soluble in your client’s favour.
6.2 Your theme should supply moral justification for the victory you prophesy.
6.3 Your theme should possess narrative fidelity.
6.4 Your theme should leave an impression about the case.
6.5 Your theme should evoke emotions.
6.6 Prime the judge to view the case your way.

7.0 Rhetoric and the Rhetorical Triangle
7.1 Why study rhetoric?
7.2 To exercise your rhetorical skills, you need a rhetorical situation.
7.3 To influence the rhetorical situation, deploy framing devices.
7.4 The Rhetorical Triangle
7.4.1 Ethos
7.4.2 Logos
7.4.3 Pathos

8.0 Logic and Logical Fallacies
8.1 Introduction to Logic
8.2 Logical Fallacies
8.2.1 Argumentum ad baculum
8.2.2 Argumentum ad misericordiam
8.2.3 Argumentum ad hominem
8.2.4 Dicto Simpliciter
8.2.5 Ignoratio Elenchi
8.2.6 Red Herring
8.2.7 The Straw Man
8.2.8 Argumentum ad ignorantiam
8.2.9 Argumentum ad verecundiam
8.2.10 Hasty Generalization
8.2.11 Slippery Slope
8.2.12 False Cause
8.2.13 Weak Analogy
8.2.14 Amphiboly
8.2.15 Equivocation
8.2.16 Composition
8.2.17 Division
8.2.18 Petitio Principii
8.2.19 Complex Question
8.2.20 Suppressed Evidence
8.2.21 False Dichotomy
8.2.22 Inverse Error
8.2.23 Faulty Analogy
8.2.24 Half-Truth

The Write House
+234 (0) 803 341 2508, 0812 236 3614
chinua@writehouseng.com
www.writehouseng.com/training

Briefwriting Masterclass moves to Port Harcourt, 28-30 October 2015.

By popular demand from the Rivers and neighboring bars, The Write House takes Briefwriting Masterclass to Port Harcourt this October.

Golden Tulip, Port Harcourt, 28-30 Oct 2015
Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja, 2-4 Dec 2015

Irvin Taylor memorably stated, “A brief should be luminous, not voluminous.”

Now a 3-day boot camp with exercises and group tasks, Briefwriting Masterclass is an eclectic treatment of written advocacy. Linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course indisputably nonpareil.

This brief-writing symposium will:
1. sharpen your analytical skills- you’ll learn to analyze facts, issues, and authorities;
2. hone your issue-spotting acumen- you’ll learn to identify and diagnose legal issues; and
3. deepen your precedent-application prowess- you’ll learn to synthesize diverse precedents and apply them to your clients’ advantage.

You will learn how to write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Just look at the course outline (attached below). Download the course outline here.

When you write as we teach, the judiciary will fall in love with your majestic prose, whilst looking askance at your opponent’s lumpen apologetics.

Port Harcourt
Dates: Wed 28-Fri 30 Oct 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, GRA Port Harcourt
Fee: N150,000

Abuja
Dates: Wed 2-Friday 4 Dec 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja
Fees: N150,000

Please pay in advance to The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank.

• If you pay by online transfer, enter your full name and preferred workshop in the Reference or Remarks column of your bank’s online platform, or email transfer advice to chinua@writehouseng.com.
• If you deposit cash or cheque, add your name and preferred workshop onto the deposit slip and email it to chinua@writehouseng.com.
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

The Write House
www.writehouseng.com
Email chinua@writehouseng.com
Phone +234 803 341 2508, +234 812 236 3614