A Week of Drafting For Real

by Ashley Bechtold
Week 3

To start off week three, the summer associates met with partner Samantha Duke for a writing seminar. She provided us with valuable skills for how to write motions which was particularly helpful since our Daubert motion for the Summer Associate Writing Competition is due soon! Additionally, I ended up using some of these learned skills throughout the week as I began drafting a wide range of documents including insurance stipulations, meet and confer letters, proposals for settlements, and motions.

On Tuesday, I began drafting a 57.105 motion for sanctions. I started by researching case law on the relevant statutes and planning my outline for the motion. This took a lot longer than I expected, but I’ve learned the importance of foundation before you start writing!

On Wednesday, partner Melissa Softness invited Andy and me for lunch. Due to a typical Miami summer storm, we ended up ordering take-out from Motek (which I’ve been wanting to try for a while) and eating in the conference room. After a great meal, I returned to my desk to begin reading case law and creating notes for the writing competition.

Wishing LaShawnda luck on her campaign!

By the next day, it was time for me to give my first case brief presentation at the attorneys’ luncheon. At first, I was nervous to present in front of all of the Miami attorneys as well as Managing Partner Frank Sheppard, but I took a big deep breath and then explained two recently decided cases involving attorney-client relationships under the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. It was great receiving positive feedback from everyone, and I’m grateful for the chance to be able to contribute to the firm keeping up with new opinions from the Miami-Dade and Broward County courts. We ended the day with a meet and greet with Orlando partner LaShawnda Jackson to celebrate her running for Orange County Circuit Court Judge.

Friday rolled around and all of the summer associates gathered for an evidence seminar with associate Alex Melvin. We learned important key tips on evidence, including objections and responses for trial and depositions. Afterward, I revised my 57.105 motion, reading it numerous times before submitting it for review. It’s been another great week of learning new skills and being tasked with new projects!

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