AWP also advocates for public funding for the arts and arts education.
Just like oral writing advocates, the purpose of written advocacy is to persuade and in order to be persuasive, the document must be useful for the intended reader. Written work that is dense, impenetrable, lacking cohesion or badly structured will rarely be useful and sometimes may be counter productive.
A valuable opportunity to persuade will have been wasted, sometimes irredeemably. Written advocacy has played the part of the poor second cousin to writing advocates advocacy but increasingly written advocacy has taken on a more significant and important role.
Opening and closing submissions are usually filed in civil matters and in appeals written arguments must be filed before the hearing.
The written argument thus provides an opportunity to persuade the Court before oral address has any role. Written advocacy is not confined to submissions. The way in which cases are presented in the form of pleadings, affidavits and witness statements is also a form of advocacy.
The techniques of writing effectively and persuasively apply just as much to those documents as they do to written submissions. Process of writing The process of writing to persuade has other advantages.
Good writing imposes a rigour in analysis by exposing the strengths and weaknesses of an argument and forcing an evaluation and re-evaluation of content.
Writing out an argument helps the writer to understand his or her case, to define, refine and recast the matters that the Court must decide, to identify the facts that materially bear upon those matters and how best to present and express those facts, and weave them into the legal issues and arguments and how to put the legal argument.
Some techniques for effective and persuasive writing Written advocacy is a skills based discipline, which is different to oral advocacy. For most people, good writing only comes with a great deal of effort and time consuming iterations of drafts.
Perseverance is rewarded with a document that achieves the purpose for which the labours were intended. People have different styles of writing and should write in style of writing with which they are comfortable.
Whatever the style of writing, there are some techniques that are useful tools for effective and persuasive writing. Expressing the issue as: Did the defendant engage in misleading and deceptive conduct? Of so, what damages is the plaintiff entitled to recover?
The issue should identify for the Court what the Court must actually decide. Think about how to express the issue so that the judge understands what is in issue and why. A well framed issue provides the roadmap for the presentation of the facts and argument.
Think about how key facts can be used in defining the issue. By way of example: Sandra O'Kefee admitted that she purchase her Acura- the vehicle she claims the manufacture impliedly warranted — with more than 11, miles on the odometer.With an advocacy statement that is to be delivered in written form, one can get the full benefit of the formal process of writing, to which most of us were first introduced in our schooling.
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advocates who participated in these Self-Advocacy Organizational Development Grants, who expressed interest in writing grant applications. This toolkit is designed to help more self-advocacy organizations apply for. Effective Victim Advocacy in the Criminal Justice System February Lonsway, Archambault 5 End Violence Against Women International r-bridal.com Acknowledgements Some of this material was adapted from the module on the role of the victim advocate.
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