The Case Law Analysis Memo

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Project 2 The Case Law Analysis Memo
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PROJECT 2 – Case Law Analysis Memo ( 10 %)
Due 11:59 pm ET, Tuesday
Submit to Assignment Folder
Purpose
The purpose of this project is to develop skills analyzing a legal issue and explaining that analysis in a legal memorandum.
Course Outcome Met by Project 2:
Draft objective, well-organized memoranda that analyze legal issues based on statutory law and case law
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Background: You and Attorney Chong are continuing to work on client Mary Hastings case. The next step is for you to draft a case law analysis memo for Mary Hastings’ case to submit to Attorney Chong.
The Project 2 Case Law Analysis Memo should analyze and explain the issues and law in cases relevant to Mary Hastings’ case. Also, the memo should apply that law to the facts, and set out reasoned conclusions.
Facts: Please refer to HASTINGS CASE FACTS: Projects 1,2,3,4 in Content to review the facts and court opinions relevant to Mary Hastings’ case.
Instructions
Review the Project 2 rubric.
Review the court opinions relevant to the Hastings case:
Deering Woods Condominium Association, 377 Md. 250
Joseph, 173 Md. App. 305
Maans, 161 Md. App. 620
Using the three court opinions above, draft a case law analysis memo evaluating the stated issue in the Mary Hastings case (see below).
The memo must follow the IRAC format and include four sections: Issue, Rule, Analysis and Conclusion.
Review a sample IRAC memo in Week 4 Instructor Notes.
The memo analysis focuses on:
ISSUE:
Whether Gilford Pines Condominium Association had actual and/or constructive notice of a dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable care to fix the condition?
Comprehensively, from all parties’ perspectives, apply the law to the Hastings case and fully support and explain your conclusions.
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Memorandum Format
Memorandum
TO: Alice Chong, Esq.
FROM: (your name), Paralegal
RE: Liability Assessment of Gilford Pines Condominium Association
DATE:
Issue
Rule
Application
Conclusion
Include proper citations for all information.
Citations must follow The Bluebook rules for citation and style, using the regional citation format.
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Review the Project Memo
Thoroughly read the presentation to ensure all required elements are present.
Review the grading rubric to ensure that you gain the most points possible for this assignment.
Proofread for spelling and grammatical issues.
Use the spell and grammar check in Word.
Submit the project in the Assignment Folder The assignment submitted to the Assignment Folder will be considered a student’s final product, and therefore, ready for grading by the professor. It is incumbent upon the student to verify the assignment is the correct submission.
NOTE: All submitted work is to be your original work, and only your work. You may not use any work from another student, the Internet or an online clearinghouse. You are expected to understand and follow the Academic Integrity and plagiarism policy.
Rewrite policy: A rewrite for self-improvement and feedback is always an option; a re-write for credit is not an option.
Due Date
Jun 22, 2021 11:59 PM
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Rubric Name: 201 Rubric for Project 2 – 10% – Spring 2020
This table lists criteria and criteria group names in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method. You can give feedback on each criterion by tabbing to the add feedback buttons in the table.
Criteria
Level 1 – Excellent
Level 2 – Very Good
Level 3 – Good
Level 4 – Needs Improvement
Criterion Score
Introductory Paragraph
0.5 points
.5 pts
Introductory paragraph indicated the legal topic/issue, the authority discussed.
.45- .50
0.445 points
.445 pts
Introductory paragraph indicated the legal topic/issue, the authority discussed – mostly accurate.
4.0 – .445
0.395 points
.395 pts
Introductory paragraph indicated the legal topic/issue, the authority discussed; few errors and/or omissions.
.35 – .395
0.345 points
.345 pts
Introductory paragraph was unsatisfactory in discussion of the legal topic/issue, the authority; major errors and/or omissions.
OR did not submit assignment.
0 – .345
Score of Introductory Paragraph,/ 0.5
Explanation of Case Law
3 points
3 pts
Accurately and thoroughly explained a synthesis of the rationales and the individual holdings of all the assigned cases.
2.7 – 3.0
2.67 points
2.67 pts
Mostly accurately and thoroughly explained a synthesis of the rationales and the individual holdings of all the assigned cases; minor errors.
2.4 – 2.67
2.37 points
2.37 pts
Generally accurately and thoroughly explained a synthesis of the rationales and the individual holdings of all the assigned cases; several errors and/or omissions.
2.1 – 2.37
2.07 points
2.07 pts
Major errors and/or omissions in explanation of synthesis of the rationales and the individual holdings of the assigned cases.
OR did not submit assignment.
0 – 2.07
Score of Explanation of Case Law,/ 3
Application of Law
3 points
3 pts
Thoroughly applied the law to the client’s situation and included a reasoned application of the law from both perspectives (client’s and opposing party).
2.7 – 3.0
2.67 points
2.67 pts
Mostly thoroughly and accurately applied the law to the client’s situation and included a generally well reasoned application of the law from both perspectives (client’s and opposing party).
2.4 – 2.67
2.37 points
2.37 pts
Thoroughly applied the law to the client’s situation and included a reasoned application of the law from both perspectives (client’s and opposing party).
2.1 – 2.37
Satisfactorily applied the law to the client’s situation and included a generally reasoned application of the law from both perspectives (client’s and opposing party); some errors and/or omissions.
2.07 points
2.07 pts
Did not adequately apply the law to the client’s situation; superficial or largely inaccurate application of the law from both perspectives (client’s and opposing party); major errors and/or omissions.
Did not meet minimum requirements.
OR did not submit assignment.
0 – 2.07
Score of Application of Law,/ 3
Conclusion
3 points
3 pts
Conclusion is clearly explained and supported by the explanation and application of the law.
2.7 – 3.0
2.67 points
2.67 pts
Conclusion is mostly clearly explained and mostly supported by the explanation and application of the law; few errors.
2.4 – 2.67
2.37 points
2.37 pts
Conclusion is generally clearly explained and supported by the explanation and application of the law, but with several errors and/or omissions.
2.1 – 2.37
2.07 points
2.07 pts
Submission did not clearly explain and/or apply the law; major errors and/or omissions.
OR, did not submit assignment.
0 – 2.07
Score of Conclusion,/ 3
Citation and Writing Mechanics
0.5 points
.5 points
Reflects correct citation format using the Bluebook rules for citation and style;
Reflects correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
.45- .50 pts
0.445 points
.445 pts
Reflects generally correct citation format using the Bluebook rules for citation and style with few errors;
Reflects correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling with few errors.
4.0 – .445 pts
0.395 points
.395 pts
Reflects mostly correct citation format using the Bluebook rules for citation and style but with several errors;
Reflects correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling but with several errors.
.35 – .395
0.345 points
.345 pts
Reflects little to no correct citation format using the Bluebook rules for citation and style;
Reflects major errors in correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
OR did not submit assignment.
0 – .345
Score of Citation and Writing Mechanics,/ 0.5
Rubric Total Score
Total
Score of 201 Rubric for Project 2 – 10% – Spring 2020,/ 10
Overall Score
Overall Score
Level 1
9 points minimum
Level 2
8 points minimum
Level 3
7 points minimum
Level 4
0 points minimum

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