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Your assignment is to choose a modern playwright from the anthology. You will then look up at least two contemporary reviews of your author’s plays. Summarize the critical reception of your playwright’s work, using specific examples and quotations from the reviews that you have found. Finally, evaluate whether in hindsight your playwright’s reputation is deserved.
Produce your essay produced on a word processor, double-spaced with one-inch margins in a serif 12-point font. Your essay should include an introduction, a body paragraph summarizing each individual review, a paragraph that collectively summarizes the critical reception of all of the reviews you have summarized, and a conclusion that evaluates whether that critical reception is accurate and deserved using specific examples and quotations from the text in the anthology to support your opinion. Your submission has a maximum length of 1,500 words. Cite your sources using MLA-style documentation. Include your name, the date, and the course number and section in the upper left corner. Next, center the title of your paper on a line by itself, and then begin your essay. You may staple your submission in the upper left corner, but do not include any kind of cover or folder. Include a footer with your last name and the page number centered at the bottom of each page. You may omit the footer on the first page.
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Following is your out-of-class poetry essay assignment for English 102, due at the beginning of class on Thursday, March 21:
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Following is your out-of-class poetry essay assignment for English 102, due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, February 19:
After reviewing your drafts of the will assignment, here are some comments about will drafting in general and the drafts in particular:
- Remember that a will is a document that we prepare now, but which won’t have any legal effect until some time in the future, perhaps many years from now. We need to take into account the likelihood that circumstances may change between now and then, and provide contingencies to ensure that our client’s testamentary intent is carried out.
- When describing legatees or beneficiaries, consider what happens if class members change. For example, if the client wants to create a trust fund for her cats, what happens if the cats she has now don’t survive her and she adopts other cats before her death? If we list her current pets by name, then some may be cared for, and others will not. Is that likely what the client wants? Probably not. What if we instead say “my cats”? Perhaps we could even add a preface to the effect of “It is my intent that any and all cats I may have at the time of my death, whether [names of current cats] or other cats later acquired, be cared for in comfort for the rest of their lives. Accordingly, . . . “
- We also need to get contingencies correct. What if she doesn’t have any cats when she dies? Is there any reason to set up a trust at all? Make sure to get the survival clause correct: In the event that my cats do not survive me, then the trustee shall distribute the estate to Edgar.
- Be sure to keep the trustee (Synovus), executor (Georges), and residuary legatee (Edgar) separate and to assign them their correct roles.
- You don’t know who the witnesses will be, so leave spaces to write in their names at the ceremony (be sure to leave enough room to write their full names longhand).
- We’ll be going over a will execution ceremony in class when you turn in your will, so do not staple (VERY IMPORTANT! I’ll explain why in class) or put your name on your will (you can hand write it before you turn it in).
Using the form provided below, draft a will as described in the assignment. The first draft is due Tuesday, November 13, and the final draft is due Tuesday, November 20.
Using Fastcase, find a case that will provide precedent for the client’s situation as described in the case assignment.
Use Fastcase to find the answers to the questions in the research assignment. Because part of what you need to learn in this class is efficient workflow, do not print out the document and write the answers by hand. Instead, download the document, rename it with a filename that includes your own last name, and type the answers into the document itself. Do not print until you have completed the assignment and are ready to turn it in. We will work on this assignment in class on October 4, and it is due at the beginning of class on October 11.
You can download a guide to Fastcase Legal Research for Paralegals (again, in the interest of efficient workflow, do not print the guide; refer to it on screen using the Table of Contents and search function to find what you need), and tutorials to explaining how to use Fastcase are available at http://www.fastcase.com/video/ In particular, you will need the following tutorials:
For your first brief assignment, read and brief the following case:
For a more detailed explanation of what a case brief is, consult this excerpt from “How to Brief a Case” by Dana L. Blatt, Esq. (You don’t have to read the sample case, but the sample brief will give you an idea of what a brief should generally look like. You can find the original document here):
If you have questions about the assignment before class Thursday, email or give me a call in my office.