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*Project 1: Synthesis Memo-DUE WEEK 3 Point Value: 15 Points DUE IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOLDER This project requires you to write a memo that synthesizes given case law focused on a specified issue. BACKGROUND FACTS for Project 1: You are a paralegal employed by Alice Chong’s law firm, Chong and Associates. This is a large law firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm specializes in representing people in personal injury cases. An attorney and paralegal are assigned to each case. The paralegal conducts the initial intake and obtains the names and phone numbers of potential witnesses. The attorney interviews the client and explains the law to the client. The attorney explores the potential causes of action and the possible defenses. In order to fully understand the case, the attorney may request that the paralegal draft a Synthesis Memo that explains the law or a Memorandum that applies the law and the arguments that the opposing side may raise. Also, in order to fully educate the client, the paralegal may draft a client information letter that explains the law. The following is the fact pattern for Major Project 1: CLIENT INTERVIEW-Interview of Stephanie Henderson conducted on May 10, 2017. You are a paralegal at the firm and have been assigned to work on the following personal injury case. The following is a transcription of a client interview that you conducted on May 10, 2017. This fact pattern should be used when writing the Synthesis Memo. Paralegal: Good morning, Ms. Henderson. My name is (insert your name here). I am a paralegal and will be working with Alice Chong on your case. Before we discuss your incident, I would like to ask you some background information. What is your full name and address? Also, what is your work number? What is your home number? Henderson: Stephanie Diane Henderson. I live at 123 Garden Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. My home number is 410-321-9876. My work number is 410-550-9999. Paralegal: What is your social security number and date of birth? Henderson: 123-45-0987 and my date of birth is April 1, 1972. Paralegal: Are you married? Do you have any children? Henderson: I am married. My husband's name is Thomas Henderson. We do not have any children. Paralegal: Where do you and your husband work? Henderson: I teach at an elementary school in Baltimore County and my husband is a teacher at a high school in Baltimore City. Paralegal: What is your salary? Henderson: I make approximately $54,000 a year. My husband makes approximately $62,000. Paralegal: Now that we've gotten the background information out of the way, we can discuss your incident. What happened while you were at Brenda’s Garden Store, Inc. ? Henderson: Well, on March 4, 2016, I went to Brenda’s Garden Store, Inc. located in Baltimore County. It is located at 237 Harold Lane. I just wanted to pick up some pots. So, I just drove to the store and went directly to the aisle with the pots. I was walking down the aisle when I slipped and fell. At first, I thought I just sprained my right ankle. When I went to get up, I couldn't put any weight on the ankle. Paralegal: Was there anyone in the aisle with you when you fell? Henderson: There was a woman named Eleanor Jones. She came up to me and asked me if I was all right. I told her that I thought I sprained my ankle and couldn't put any weight on it. She was kind enough to go to the front office and ask for help. A store manager, Blake Toma, came to the aisle and asked me if I needed an ambulance. I requested one. While we were waiting for an ambulance, we looked around the area of my fall and noticed a huge puddle of water. My pants were soaking wet. Paralegal: Did anyone say anything while you were waiting for the ambulance? Henderson: Well, while we were waiting for the ambulance, Ms. Jones told Mr. Toma that she had told a store employee about the puddle of water when the employee walked by her in the aisle. That happened about 15 minutes before my fall. The employee had told Ms. Jones that he would be back with a mop. The store employee's name was Sally, I think. Paralegal: Did anyone say anything else? Henderson: I don't recall anything else. Paralegal: What was the weather like that day? Henderson: It had been raining all day. Paralegal: What hospital were you taken to? Henderson: I was taken to County General Hospital. They took x-rays of my ankle. They told me that I had broken my right ankle. The ankle was put in a cast. I had the cast on for 6 weeks. Paralegal: Did you miss any work? Henderson: I missed 2 weeks of work. Paralegal: Who else treated you for this incident? Henderson: I saw an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Janet Queen. Paralegal: How is your ankle now? Henderson: It's okay. It hurts when the weather is bad - raining, snowing, or sleeting. Paralegal: Do you know if the store filled out an accident report? Henderson: I don't know. Paralegal: Thank you for coming in to see me today. I'm going to discuss this with Ms. Chong. If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact me. Cases for this project: Rehn v. Westfield America, 837 A.2d 981 Tennant v. Shoppers Food Warehouse MD Corp., 693 A.2d 370 Moulden v. Greenbelt Consumer Services, Inc., 210 A.2d 724 LEGAL EXPLANATION NEEDED: Draft a Synthesis Memo that addresses the law that applies in slip and fall cases. What is the cause of action that could be pursued by an injured person? What is the law that applies? What must be established in order to be successful in a slip and fall case? What are the defenses available in a slip and fall action? INSTRUCTIONS: Draft a Synthesis Memo using the court opinions listed above. In the Synthesis Memo, you must address and synthesize the law that applies in slip and fall cases. What is the law that applies? What must be established in order to be successful in a slip and fall case? What are the defenses available in a slip and fall action? This memo must contain an explanation of the law/common approach/standard that courts use to resolve the legal issue. It must have a thorough explanation of the holdings of the cases on the legal issue. It must also contain a synthesis of these holdings. Evaluation Criteria Your work will be evaluated according to the grading rubric for this project. Your explanation of the standards and holdings from the cases must be focused and accurate. Your synthesis of the rationales and holdings must be focused and thorough. Citations must follow The Bluebook rules for citation and style. You must use the regional citation format. You memo must provide sufficient context and logical organization. Your memo must exhibit correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Constraints The synthesis memo must be planned and written without the assistance of any person. Failure to comply with this constraint will result in a charge of academic dishonesty. The memo is due on the date specified. Rewrite policy: A rewrite for credit is not an option. A rewrite for self-improvement is always an option. Due Date Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM Hide Rubrics Rubric Name: Project 1 The Synthesis Memo Criteria Meets Expectations Introductory Paragraph 1 point Introductory paragraph indicated the legal topic/issue, the jurisdiction, and the types of authority discussed Synthesis of the Rationales 4 points The synthesis explained the reasoning of the courts when they addressed and resolved the specific issue. It clearly, accurately, and thoroughly explained how the courts reached their holdings and explained the standards, factors, criteria, and approaches that the courts used to solve the legal dispute. Explanation of the Holdings 4 points Presented accurate, detailed holdings of each of the opinions that included the court’s conclusion about the law in issue in addition to the key facts of the case Synthesis of the Holdings 4 points Successfully integrated the holdings of the cases while concisely summarizing the facts that resulted in the court’s conclusions. Mechanics 2 points Memo used appropriate citation format using the Bluebook rules for citation. Memo provided sufficient context and logical organization. Exhibited correct sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling Overall Score Level 1 0 or more
*Project 1: Synthesis Memo-DUE WEEK 3 Point Value: 15 Points DUE IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOLDER This project requires you to write a memo that synthesizes given case law focused on a specified issue. BACKGROUND FACTS for Project 1: You are a paralegal employed by Alice Chong’s law firm, Chong and Associates. This is a large law firm located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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