How to Build a Better Affidavit: Literary Techniques for Legal Writing

  • Other Immigration
  • Legal Motions

* This training will be offered in-person at NYIC Offices as well as via live webcast.

While it carries a unique legal significance, an affidavit is still just a story. To be effective, it has to engage its reader. And while they carry a unique legal authority, a judge or asylum officer is just a person. Their opinion of a story is affected by the same literary techniques used in every other story they've experienced. This workshop focuses on tangible techniques for making every sentence of your affidavit do as much work as possible for your case. The workshop will use the example of an affidavit of an individual seeking asylum primarily based on their identity as a member of the LGBTQ community, but the techniques are applicable to any form of affidavit.


  • Structural issues of affidavits
  • How to showcasing the most important information
  • Editing techniques
  • Streamlining pieces of writing, legal or otherwise


To register for this event, or for more information, click here.

IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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