STATEMENT OF FACTS GROUP REVIEWQuestions NotesTheory of the case / contexto Describe the statement’s theory of the case or...
understanding of what happened?o Is the Statement of Facts 100% accurate,devoid of exaggeration and misstatements?o Does t...
Kathleen Dillon Narko Jim McMasters Northwestern University School of Lawk-narko@law.northwestern.edu j-mcmasters@law.nort...
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Narko & mcmasters group facts evaluation sheet

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  • 1. STATEMENT OF FACTS GROUP REVIEWQuestions NotesTheory of the case / contexto Describe the statement’s theory of the case ortheme.o How is the theory of the case orthemedeveloped (any particular techniquesused)?o Does the statement engage the empathy of thereader for the client?o Does the statement provide the context andprocedural setting of the issues?Organizationo Does the statement organize the facts in a waythat is easy to understand, such aschronologically, topically, or chronologicalwithin a topical organization?o Does the statement use headings if appropriatewithin the narrative to move the court frompoint to point (not required)?o Are the facts in proper paragraph form, usingtopic and transition sentences to move thereader from point to point, sticking to one topicper paragraph, and avoiding overly longparagraphs?Contento Does the statement include all material facts –facts that both parties would be likely to use inthe Argument section?o Is the statement complete, in the sense that itdoes not leave any gaps in the court’s
  • 2. understanding of what happened?o Is the Statement of Facts 100% accurate,devoid of exaggeration and misstatements?o Does the Statement of Facts stick to what is inthe record?o Does the statement avoid straying intoargument or conclusions of law?o Is the Statement of Facts written in a clear,understandable manner?Persuasive techniqueso Does the Statement of Facts emphasizefavorable facts and deemphasize/frontunfavorable facts with word choice, factplacement, context, description, quotations, orother persuasive writing techniques? Can you identify a particular effectiveexample you wish you’d written?o Does the statement include non-material factsthat appeal to logic or emotion, or bear on aparty’s credibility, so that the court understandsyour client’s perspective on the facts?What is the greatest strength of this Statement ofFacts?o Identify any particular section, phrases, or wordchoices.What do you think could be improved?
  • 3. Kathleen Dillon Narko Jim McMasters Northwestern University School of Lawk-narko@law.northwestern.edu j-mcmasters@law.northwestern.edu 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60611

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