Please download the following document to your USB drive (renaming to a file name including your last name), and use Fastcase to look up the cases inside and answer the questions about them. After you’ve answered the questions, save and print to turn in at the beginning of class next Tuesday, October 7.
Together with your team-mates, you’ll do some research to answer come questions about the Tuscaloosa Municipal Code.
Use Municode to answer the questions on the assignment handout.
As you know, a complaint is the document that starts a civil lawsuit. The pleading standard for a complaint is that it must be a “short, plain statement” of the case that is sufficient to give the defendant notice of what is at stake in the lawsuit. Read the assignment below for a summary of the facts and allegations in the case, and then use the complaint form to create a complaint to be filed in the Circuit Court for Tuscaloosa County. You can also refer to the sample complaint for a general idea of what a complaint should look like. The complaint should make general allegations necessary to satisfy the elements of the claim, but it should not include every fact that will be proved at trial.
Given that the final version of the first brief assignment is due tomorrow, you all should have already saved a copy of the case for use in revising your drafts. However, I’ve just been made aware of a problem with our Fastcase login, so while I figure out what’s going on (and how to fix it!), I’ll post a copy of the case here for your convenience:
See also Tim Kreider’s eassy, “The Busy Trap”; note his organizational structure and use of clear topic sentences.
You can read Meredith Hall’s memoir “Killing Chickens” here.