Advocacy Letter Assignment
Due date: August 30
Using the legal analysis and research you conducted for the memorandum assignment, write a letter to the opposing side of your legal issue asking them to do something favorable to your client. Your objective is to convince your client’s opponent to grant your request rather than have the matter settled in court. You should present your request as a reasonable solution to the dispute.
Please note the following:
- Begin by deciding exactly what you want your client’s opponent to do. Your request must be reasonable and supported by the law.
- Use a professional, yet firm tone. The letter has a specific context and purpose, and as a good advocate, you should put your client’s needs and your professional responsibility first. Avoid threats, trickery, and anything else that might backfire or embarrass you later.
- Follow the format on page 216. If you want, make up an interesting name for your firm. However, you should put everything flush left to avoid formatting problems on ConnectWeb--in real life, you can get as fancy as you want, but here, just make it easy to read.
- Assume the recipient of the letter is not a lawyer, but maintain enough of the actual legal argument in your letter to be convincing.