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Legal Writing II: Demand Letter, Petition, and Answer Resources: Home


This guide lists the sources that have proven most useful for students completing the spring LRW & AP letter, motion/answer, and pleading writing assignments.

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Jury Awards, Judgments, and Settlements

Jury Instructions

Legal Writing

Practice Aids

Sample Documents

Click on the links below to bring up a list of library books that contain samples of each kind of legal writing, as well as information about how to craft them.

Top Resources: Causes of Action

Iowa Pleading, Causes of Action and Defenses (LaMarca)
Library Location: Reserve (Information Desk) KFI4735 .L362
This book outlines Iowa civil litigation requirements and includes such appendices as sample forms, statute of limitation lists, and a table correlating Iowa jury instructions, traffic rules, and code sections. No online version available.

Top Resources: Damages

Polk County Jury Verdicts: 1993-2002 and 2007-2014
Compiled and categorized by the Polk County Court Administration. The listings include the following data, as applicable: date of trial, type of injury, sex and age of plaintiff, medical special damages, last demand before trial, last offer before trial, and jury verdict and percentage of comparative fault.

What's It Worth? A Guide to Current Personal Injury Awards and Settlements
Library location: Reserve KF1257 .M9 2012 (older editions in stacks)

This source summarizes personal injury damage awards, with each edition covering a three-year time period.

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