- Start Time: 2:00 PM
- End Time: 4:00 PM
- Date: April 19, 2018
- Location: Training Center
- MCLE Credits: 2
- Instructor: David Graulich Esq.
- Seats: 24
A Complaint is more than a document; it is the foundation of every civil lawsuit. It serves several functions for a plaintiff: putting the action on record with the Court, providing notice to Defendants, framing the material facts, delineating causes of action and asking for relief. The Complaint can be a powerful platform for persuasion and the strategic blueprint for how the advocate will argue the case.
This class is intended for lawyers who are writing their first Complaint or are looking to improve their skills. The class will also address the needs of non-lawyers who are representing themselves (“pro pers”) and who seek to understand the techniques of writing and filing an effective Complaint. The class will explain that sometimes best practice is to write a lean, concise Complaint with minimal details, while other circumstances call for a highly-detailed Complaint with a colorful and dramatic narrative.
A Complaint is not only about smart editorial decisions. There are numerous technical and formatting requirements with which a Plaintiff must comply, ranging from the type of paper and the size of fonts to the necessary elements of a “caption” (i.e., the boxed information on the cover page). These requirements will also be covered in the class.
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