Brief Writing Masterclass- Learn to write killer briefs.

Chelsea Hotel Abuja, 24-25 June 2015

Brief Writing Masterclass is boldly interdisciplinary in its approach to persuasive writing. Communications theory, linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course absolutely peerless.

Winning Briefs, Winnowing Issues

To write a winning brief, you must first winnow the issues.

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 write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Dates: Wednesday 24-Thursday 25 June 2015.
Time: 9am-5pm each day.
Venue: Chelsea Hotel Abuja.
Fees:-
Before 14 June 2015: N150,000.
14-20 June 2015: N175,000
After 20 June 2015: N200,000.

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

Brief Writing Masterclass

Course Highlights

Reporting the Reporters

‘The Write Partner’ assesses, criticizes, or praises the language of selected passages from Nigeria’s leading law reports.

Aikhadueki [2014] 15 NWLR (Part 1431) 530- Supreme Court of Nigeria

Under Facts, the law reporter begins as follows:

The appellant was arraigned with other accused persons at the High Court of Imo State, Orlu and charged with the murder of one Christian Owerreoma on the 15th day of August 2002 along Orlu Road Junction by Mgbidi, Orlu Judicial Division contrary to section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30, Vol. 11, Laws of Eastern Nigeria 1963 as applicable to Imo State.

This passage is faulty in several respects:

1. It should have started: Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki . . . . This would humanize the appellant. Facts sections (whether in briefs, law reports, or judgments) should read like stories. Using parties’ names enhances the story element.

2. Why couple arraigned and charged. The report should have started: Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki was charged, along with others, with murdering Christian Owerreoma.

3. There is no need to precede the victim’s name with one.

4. The court and date are unnecessary. They appear in other, more formulaic parts of the report.

5. The venue of the crime is unnecessary, being irrelevant to the finding.

6. The judicial division is unnecessary, as territorial jurisdiction was never an issue.

7. The statutory citation should not include chapter and volume of the Laws of Eastern Nigeria.

8. The passage should have read:

Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki was charged, along with others, with murdering Christian Owerreoma. The charge was brought under section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Law as applied in Imo State.

Call a spade a ‘spade’- Kayode Sofola SAN

Kayode Sofola SAN reminds advocates to call a spade a spade, and not an agricultural implement. Sofola has a firm command of English and an ear for the apt expression. He is blessed with a literary turn of mind. He also points out that people would say methodology when method would do just fine; conditionality for condition; and usage for use. Emulate the eminent silk and prefer the shorter, simpler, punchier word.

Two-day Program for Brief Writing Workshop 25-26 March 2015

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Here is the program for this week’s 2-day workshop on Brief Writing Masterclass:

Day 1- Wednesday 25 March 2015

8.00-9.00am:
• Registration & Distribution of Materials (Ibukun Anibijuwon)
• Seating of Participants according to Work Groups (Ololade Olukowi)
• Tea and Networking (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

9.00-9.45am:
Think before you write/Use Flowers paradigm/Case Theory etc (Chinua Asuzu)

9.45-10.00am:
Discussion (led by Chuks Nwana & Afolake Laoshe)

10.00- 10.45am:
Issue Formulation (Chinua Asuzu)

10.45-11.00am:
Discussion (led by Babatunde Olubando & Emeka Anolefo)

11.00-11.45am:
The facts section (Chinua Asuzu)

11.45am-12noon:
Discussion (led by Ekundayo Ajetunmobi & Emmanuel Bwala)

12noon-12.45pm:
The Argument section (Chinua Asuzu)

12.45-1.30pm:
Questions & Answers

1.30-2.30pm:
Lunch

2.30-3.15pm:
Rebuttal & Refutation (Chinua Asuzu)

3.15-3.30pm:
Discussion (led by Jude Ezegwui & Ngozi Udokwu)

3.30-4.15pm:
Citations & Quotations (Chinua Asuzu)

4.15-5.00pm:
Questions & Answers

5.00-5.30pm:
Tea and Networking (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

Day 2- Thursday 26 March 2015

8.30-9.00am:
Tea and Networking (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

9.00-9.45am:
The Architecture of Argument/The Rhetorical Triangle (Chinua Asuzu)

9.45-10.00am:
Discussion (led by Olayemi Shofolu & Wale Banjoko)

10.00-10.30am:
Logic & Clear Thought (Chinua Asuzu)

10.30-11.00am:
Obiter: witness statements, laying foundation for secondary evidence, witness examination (how to phrase questions)

11.00am-1.00pm:
Breakout Sessions- Work Groups tackle tasks (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

1.00-1.30pm:
Group Photos (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

1.30-2.30pm:
Lunch

2.30-3.00pm:
Group A presentation

3.00-3.30pm:
Group B presentation

3.30-4.00pm:
Group C presentation

4.00-4.30pm:
Group D presentation

4.30-5.00pm:
Discussion, Questions & Answers

5.00-5.30pm:
Feedback, Certificates, Gifts, Tea, and Closing (Enobong Ubia & Senator Ihenyen)

If you are yet to register, you can still do so today or tomorrow.

The workshop starts 9am on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.

If you have any questions, please ask us.

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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