Building a Better Affidavit

Building a Better Affidavit: Literary Techniques for Legal Storytelling

While it carries a unique legal significance, an affidavit is still just a story. To be effective, it has to engage its reader. And while they carry a unique legal authority, a judge or asylum officer is just a person. Their opinion of a story is affected by the same literary techniques used in every other story they’ve experienced. This workshop will focus on tangible techniques for making every sentence of your affidavits do as much work as possible for your case. We look at structural issues of affidavits as well and how to make sure you are showcasing the most important information. Finally, we will discuss editing techniques that will help streamline any piece of writing, legal or otherwise.

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