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The Fundamentals of Complaint Drafting for New Lawyers
Published by North Carolina Advocates for Justice and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

The complaint is one of the most critical documents in any piece of litigation. It is the first document that the judge or opposing party will see. It sets the tone for the litigation and leaves an immediate impression. This session offers new litigators step-by-step advice through the phases of drafting a complaint. It is a basic-level introduction to complaint drafting for individuals with little to no litigation experience. It will offer strategic and practical insights related to complaint drafting, including:

- Understanding the purpose of the complaint
- The relevant procedural rules governing the complaint
- The basic components of a complaint
- Naming parties
- Notice pleading
- Heightened pleading under Twombly/Iqbal
- Pleading to avoid a motion to dismiss
- Strategic considerations for what to include or not include in the complaint
- How to draft the prayer for relief

Erika K. Wilson
Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill
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