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
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: 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
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
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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.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

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