The case analysis worksheet calls for some familiar information: (1) your case THEORY; (2) your case THEME; and (3) the THREE most important facts to support your THEORY. Many advocacy professors require advocates to articulate similar information. As part of the worksheet, however, we require something else from our advocates: (4) TWEET your case. Using only the 140 characters permitted by Twitter (although I don't take strict count – THINK: 3-4 short sentences), TWEET your case on the worksheet, with thematic language indicated in bold and any of the 3 most important facts underlined. (See below for some examples from class last week in our Summer Trial & Evidence Program for students who recently completed 1L year – called "1st STEP").
The case TWEET serves as valuable case analysis diagnostic tool. The advocacy instructor learns: how did the advocate spend their 140 characters? If not thematic language and their most important facts, what information did they prioritize in their TWEET? To hook their audience ("followers" in the Twitterverse), how did the advocate choose between a thematic statement and reciting an important fact? Which of the important facts did the advocate consider most impactful? How did the advocate use theme and important facts together?
The instructor can refer back to the case analysis worksheet during almost any advocacy exercise that flows from the case file. Ask students to TWEET their case to exercise and improve the skills of case analysis and collaboration. Let us know the results. What exercises or requirements do you require or recommend in advocacy courses or for mock trial teams to isolate case analysis?