In litigation, lawyers need to rely on case law to support the outcome they are asking the court take. Lawyers will often “brief” a case to obtain a better understanding of the case. In other words, lawyers will use a specific format to outline the most important points in a court’s decision. This activity will also assist you in understanding the cases discussed in this class.
• Listen to the oral arguments in the Olympic Airways v. Husain case. Read about the case.
• Read about how to brief a case.
• Using the template provided, complete a “brief” about the case, including the
o Who are the parties to the case?
o What is the citation of the case?
o What are the basic facts of the case?
o What did Dr. Hanson’s estate argue?
o What did Olympic Air argue?
o What did the court decide?
o Did the court apply statutory law, case law or both in reaching its decision?
• Use APA format for non-legal sources such as the textbook. Use Bluebook citation format for any legal citations.
o Include the resource to the case and oral arguments.
o You do not need to use any sources other than your text and the audio
recording of the oral arguments.
• Submit a Word document using the case brief template.
• Maximum two pages in length, excluding the Reference page.
Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated before you write and again after you write.
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Evaluation Rubric for Briefing a Case Assignment
CRITERIA Deficient Needs Proficient Exemplary Improvement
0 – 44 Points
45 – 59 Points
60 – 74 Points
Does not concisely and clearly answer questions about the case. Case brief is not succinct.
Somewhat concisely and clearly answers some questions about the case. Case brief is not overly succinct.
Mostly concisely, succinctly, and clearly answers all questions about the case.
Concisely, succinctly, and clearly answers all questions about the case.
0 – 5 points
6 – 7 points
8 – 9 points
More than 2 pages
2 pages or less
0 – 8 points
9 – 11 points
12 – 14 points
Clear and Professional Writing and APA/Bluebook Format
Errors impede professional presentation; guidelines not followed.
Significant errors that do not impede professional presentation.
Few errors that do not impede professional presentation.
Writing and format are clear, professional, APA/Bluebook compliant, and error free.
LAW204 – Business Law I
Olympic Airways v. Husain Case Brief
Who are the parties to the case?
What is the citation of the case?
What are the basic facts of the case?
What Dr. Hanson’s estate argue?
What did Olympic Air argue?
What did the court decide?
Did the court apply statutory law, case law or both in reaching its decision?