Short Essay Assignment Instructions
There will be three short essay assignments in this course, which allow you to dive deeper into your study of some key family law concepts. The short essay assignments provide you with an opportunity to integrate legal research and writing into your study of family law. By researching, examining, explaining, and analyzing the topics, such as parentage determinations, discovery, and alimony, you will develop a richer understanding of the issues you will frequently see in the practice of law. Simultaneously, you will be practicing important legal skills such as Bluebook citation, drafting clear, precise, organized presentations, and correlating various legal issues within a singular case.
Submit a scholarly essay of approximately 500 – 1000 words responding to the respective essay prompts.
Explain your responses fully with well-reasoned explanations, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the topics as explained in the course textbook and presentations. You may also incorporate additional research. Be judicious in your response so that your answers are concise, but also clearly indicate that you thoroughly understand and can summarize the key legal concepts. The content must be your own and should not be comprised of more than 25% quotes.
Each Short Essay Assignment must cite a minimum of two scholarly sources using in text Bluebook citation format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and scholarly articles published within the last five years.
Short Essay: Parentage Assignment
1. Identify the three parties with the strongest interests in parentage determinations and describe the basic nature of those interests.
2. Identify and describe the four tests most often applied by the courts to resolve disputes arising out of surrogacy arrangements.
3. Identify and distinguish among various types of adoption based on how adoptions are created and who can adopt.
Short Essay: Discovery Assignment
The Short Essay: Discovery Assignment references “The Facts” scenario on page 219 of Chapter 6 in your textbook. Please use Walter & Renee’s fact pattern to respond to the Discovery assignment.
Assume that you are a paralegal working for Attorney Juliana Dahl Johnson who represents Renee in the above hypothetical. You have been asked to suggest an appropriate discovery plan to guide the information-gathering effort in this case. The plan you propose should identify the kinds of information needed, the techniques to be utilized (both formal and informal), the sequencing of efforts, and the assignment of tasks. After she reviews and approves the plan, the attorney will eventually estimate the projected cost and discuss the plan with Renee. The fact pattern indicates Renee is filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Assume that in the jurisdiction where you reside and/or are employed, when making property division decisions, the court considers both conduct during the marriage and financial and nonfinancial contribution to the marital enterprise. Your plan should include at a minimum five examples of informal discovery. It should also include use of at least three methods of formal discovery with examples of the kinds of information to be sought using each method. You should consider weaving electronic discovery into various aspects of your plan.
Short Essay: Property Distribution in Dissolution Assignment
Describe the nature and purpose of each of the following types of alimony: temporary, “permanent,” lump-sum, rehabilitative, transitional, and restitution.
1. Identify the kinds of factors courts will consider when making alimony determinations.
2. Distinguish between a community property approach and an equitable division approach to property division.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
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