Case brief

 Brief the case University of Texas at Arlington v. Williams, 459 S.W. 3d 48 (Tex. 2015), which is attached as “Williamscase.docx”  

 Please  use the approved case brief format that includes the following parts:  (1) Facts, (2) Procedural History, (3) Issues Statements, (4) Holdings,  (5) Reasoning, and (6) Decision. 

 

Case  briefs are used to highlight the key information contained within a  case for use within the legal community as court cases can be quite  lengthy.

When  writing case briefs, all information must be properly cited.  Make sure  you are not copying and pasting from your source.  Most of the material  should be paraphrased; quotations should make up no more than 10% of  the brief.  Note: since the purpose to is highlight and summarize key  information, merely copying and pasting from the case does not  accomplish this goal.  You must summarize the facts in your own words,  using quotations sparingly.

Please take a look at the three handouts that I have attached here.  One  handout outlines how to brief a case with a detailed explanation of  each part of the case brief.  Another handout outlines how I will grade  these case briefs.  The third handout provides an example of a properly  done case brief.  If you would like to read the case briefed in the  model case, you can find it at Delanhanty v. Hickley, 564 A.2d 758 (D.C. 1989).   

 Legal case names should be done in standard “Blue Book” format. For example: York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995). For further information see Cornell University Law School Website and  look under the “How to Cite” section.  Bluebook citation information is  also found in the course materials and announcement sections of the  class.  


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