Briefwriting Masterclass Program, 2-4 December 2015, Abuja
- 25 November 2015
- Posted by: The Write House
- Category: Workshop Updates
Guest of Honour: Hon. Justice Ishaq U. Bello
Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory
Day 1- Wednesday 2 December 2015
7.30-8.30 am: Registering and seating participants & distributing materials
8.30-9.00am: Introductions & Networking
9.00-10.30am: The Architecture of Argument- Issues for Determination
10.30-11.00am: Discussion, Questions & Answers
11.00-11.30am: Tea Break
11.30am-12.45pm: Task 1: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC  16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Criticise the lead judgment’s attitude to the issues.
• Faced with the parties’ varying issue formulations, what should have been the Supreme Court’s attitude or approach?
• Using Garner’s deep-issue format, reconstruct the issues.
12.45-1.30pm: Task 1 Presentations
2.45-3.15pm: The Introduction summarizing the brief
3.15-5.00pm: The facts and procedural history
5.00-5.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers
Day 2- Thursday 3 December 2015
9.00-10.15am: Task 2: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC  16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Criticize the second paragraph of the lead judgment for its ‘he-said-she-said’ presentation of an aspect of the facts. How should the Supreme Court have introduced that paragraph?
• Criticize both the law reporter’s and the lead judgment’s presentation of the facts and procedural history.
• Recount the facts and procedural history in as interesting a manner as possible.
10.15-11am: Task 2 Presentations
11.00-11.30am: Tea Break
11.30am-1.00pm: The Argument section Part 1
1.00-1.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers
2.45-4.00pm: The Argument section Part 2
4.00-4.30pm: Discussion, Questions & Answers
4.30-5.45pm: Task 3: Study Nobis-Elendu v INEC  16 NWLR (Part 1485) 197.
• Comment on the language, style, and substance of the lead judgment’s analysis on pages 220-225.
• Highlight the rhetorical deficiencies of the lead judgment, especially pages 220-225.
Day 3- Friday 4 December 2015
9.00-9.45am: Task 3 Presentations
9.45-10.15am: Think before you write
10.15-10.45am: Discussion, Questions & Answers
10.45-11.15am: Tea Break
11.15am-12noon: Case Theory, Themes, and Priming
12noon-12.30pm: The Rhetorical Triangle
12.30-1.30pm: Task 4: Study chapter II of Anatomy of a Brief by Chinua Asuzu.
• Why is Wole Soyinka’s Telephone Conversation of any interest or value in advocacy?
• What rhetorical device does Soyinka deploy so effectively in Telephone Conversation?
• What part of your brief can you improve using Soyinka’s technique in Telephone Conversation?
• How does priming help advocates? Explain cognitive conservatism in your own words.
2.45-3.30pm: Task 4 Presentations
3.30-4.00pm: Logic and Clear Thought
4.00-4.30pm: Feedback, Testimonials, Certificates, Group Photos, and Closing