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

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.

The Write House introduces new book, ‘Anatomy of a Brief’.

About the Book
Anatomy of a Brief will help you master the art and science of persuasive brief writing. This book will revolutionize the way you prepare briefs, submissions, and written addresses. It will give you a competitive edge in the litigation minefield.

About the Author
Chinua Asuzu is the Senior Partner at Assizes Lawfirm, a Commissioner of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, an Adjunct Lecturer (Legal Writing) at Nigerian Law School, and the Dean of The Write House.

An active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chinua Asuzu serves on NBA’s Legal Education Committee. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

About the Publisher
The Write House published Anatomy of a Brief.

The Write House is now the acknowledged authority in Nigeria on legal-writing curriculum and pedagogy.

A continuing-legal-education organization, The Write House is Africa’s frontline team of legal-writing consultants and mentors. It pioneered the Plain English movement in Nigeria.

The Write House is the accredited representative in Nigeria of the global Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES). We provide learned-writing training to lawyers and nonlawyers. For more information, browse our website www.writehouseng.com

Book Price
N5,000

Subsidized Nationwide Delivery Rates
The Write House has subsidized delivery cost by over 50%. So when we courier the book to you, you pay only N1000 extra, bringing the total price to N6000. This applies to deliveries within Nigeria only.

Delivery outside Nigeria
N5000 + delivery cost to any location outside Nigeria

Buy the book online.
To buy Anatomy of a Brief online, click here. We will deliver it to any address you provide.

Available in Bookshops, NBA Branches, and Bookstands
Anatomy of a Brief is also available in the following bookshops, NBA branches, and bookstands:

Bookshops
Florence & Lambard, Ikorodu Road, Palmgrove, Lagos
Patmos Exclusive, 181 Igbosere Road, Lagos
University of Lagos Bookshop, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos

NBA Branches
NBA Ikeja Secretariat, Bar Centre, Ikeja- Mrs Queen, 08035318983
NBA Lagos, High Court Terrace, Igbosere, Lagos

Bookstands
Lagos Island
Lagos State High Court, Igbosere
Ademola 185 Igbosere Road Lagos 08028365091, 08187505990
Lola Oremade, Lagos State High Court, Lagos, 08038351984
Mercy Godwin, Court of Appeal (Lagos Division) beside Lagos State High Court, Igbosere 08089562816
Mustapha Law Books, Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, 07034250250

Ikeja
Abimbola Oni, Shop 7, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08064090182
Adeola, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08028973443
Cecilia, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08062136954
Day by Day, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08034473744
Elizabeth Egorp, Shop 9, Law-books Stand, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08032419802
Glory Chilaka, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08023210025
Irobi Blessing, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08132179522
Iya Ibeji, Shop 12 New POWA Market, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08037527062
Mrs Agunbiade, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08034316801
Mrs Olusoga, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08023413671
Oluwakemi, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja 08067845838
Patricia Micheal, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08062136954
Timothy Owolabi, Lagos State High Court, 08093191331
Toyin, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08029412916

Interested in selling Anatomy of a Brief?
If you are interested in selling Anatomy of a Brief, contact Lolade (08062614730) or complete and submit our bookseller request form. We will get back to you as soon as we review your information.

We support charity.
Anatomy of a Brief is not just a book; it’s a revolutionary work that advances international best practices in the legal community.

Buy and donate copies to Law Faculties, Law Schools, Law Libraries, or professional bodies, local and international.

We support learning for all.

Please complete and submit our donation form.

Brief Writing Masterclass- Learn to write killer briefs.

Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos, 25-26 March 2015

Brief Writing Masterclass is boldly interdisciplinary in its approach to persuasive writing. Communications theory, linguistics, logic, psychology, and rhetoric are just a few of the disciplines that combine to make this course peerless.

Issue formulation is the backbone of successful brief writing.

Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court agrees that issue formulation is key to writing persuasive briefs. Following is an excerpt from Scalia’s interview with Bryan Garner, the famed legal-writing coach:

Garner: Herbert Wechsler is reputed to have said that he would spend half his time writing a brief just on crafting the issues. Does that make sense to you?
Scalia: That makes total sense. That makes total sense.
Garner: Why?
Scalia: That’s what the case is about, especially at the Supreme Court level. We don’t care who wins or loses. We care about what the legal issue is that is going to decide not just this case but hundreds of other cases. So the crafting of that issue, “Look, this is the point of the controversy. This is the core of it.” Man, that’s everything. The rest is background music.

Attend Brief Writing Masterclass to learn how to draft winning issues. You will learn lots more about preparing briefs, submissions and written addresses. See the flyer and the course outline below.

Dates: Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 March 2015.
Time: 9am-5pm each day.
Venue: Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos
Daily Buffet at Crockpot Restaurant, Sheraton.
Fee: N120,000.

Please pay 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 info@writehouseng.com.
• If you deposit cash or cheque, scan and email deposit slip to info@writehouseng.com.
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

The Write House
www.writehouseng.com
Email info@writehouseng.com
Phone +234 806 735 1417, +234 809 876 4066

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Course Highlights

Subtle Distinctions: Abbreviation versus acronym

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Lawyers should possess semantic exactitude- we should appreciate subtle distinctions between words or expressions that look or sound alike.

In this issue, we explain the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym.

An abbreviation is “the shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole.” (Merriam-Webster).

AMCON, AU, UK, and USA are abbreviations for Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, African Union, United Kingdom, and United States of America, respectively.

An acronym is an abbreviation pronounceable as a word. An acronym is typically formed from the first letters of each (main) word in a phrase. All acronyms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms. Some acronyms evolve into words, no longer merely pronounceable as words.

AMCON is an acronym because you can say it as a word (without mentioning the component letters). AU, UK, and USA are not acronyms—you have to say each letter. Merriam-Webster erroneously lists FBI as an acronym; it’s not.

CEO is abbreviation for Chief Executive Officer. CEO, the abbreviation for Chief Executive Officer, is not an acronym—it’s not pronounceable as a word: you have to say each letter.

Sonar is the acronym for sound navigation and ranging.

Because they are pronounceable as words and formed from the first letters of the constitutive words, AIDS and NATO are acronyms (for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).

And because they are not pronounceable as words (you have to say each individual letter), AU, NYPD, and UN are not acronyms—they are abbreviations for African Union, New York Police Department, and United Nations.

Laser is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, but the words by and of have not contributed their initial letters to the acronym.

Acronyms do not take full stops. Write AIDS not A.I.D.S. Strictly, abbreviations that are not acronyms need full stops, but you can dispense with full stops when writing well-known abbreviations with all capitals. So write AU instead of A.U., though both are correct. Prefer NWLR to N.W.L.R. for Nigerian Weekly Law Reports. USA is better than U.S.A for United States of America.

To pluralize an abbreviation or acronym, do not add an apostrophe before the s.

Wrong: 15 NGO’s were invited to bid for the rural health fund.
Correct: 15 NGOs were invited to bid for the rural health fund

In American English Dr., Mr., and Mrs. take full stops, but not in British English. Our dialect of English in Nigeria is British, so write Dr, Mr, and Mrs, without full stops. The v in case titles should not take a full stop: Stabilini Visinoni v Federal Board of Inland Revenue. And it’s v, not vs.