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 Begin Drafting Your Memo

Course outcome addressed in this Assignment:

  • GEL-1.1: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard American English.

Instructions

Read the e-mail detailing your legal memo assignment. Prepare a draft of the first four sections of the legal memo (statement of facts, questions presented, brief answers, and applicable statute).

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ID: PA205-06-09-AS 

PA205: Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing
e-mail – To be used for Legal Memorandum (Units 6-9)

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e-mail
To: Paralegal

From: Senior Partner

Date: 10/10/2011

Re: Our new client Natalie Attired; denial of unemployment benefits for alleged
misconduct

By now you are familiar with our client Natalie Attired, who was denied unemployment
compensation after she was fired from Biddy’s Tea House and Croissanterie on the basis of
alleged misconduct. We have decided to pursue this case and file an action against the New
Mexico Unemployment Compensation to recover Ms. Attired’s compensation.

Please draft a legal memorandum addressing the issues in the Attired case. Make sure that
your memorandum includes all the required sections: facts, issues, brief answers, applicable
statute, discussion, and conclusion. Use only the legal authority which has been provided to
you: the New Mexico Unemployment Compensation statute and the three cases you briefed
interpreting the statute.

You will prepare several drafts of the memorandum. In Unit 6, you will draft the Statement of
Facts, Issues, and Brief Answer sections. In Units 7 & 8, you will draft and revise the
discussion and conclusion sections. In Unit 9, you will combine all the sections together into a
final memorandum of law.