The Chicago Bar Association

Before the hearing write out for yourself the key points (5-10) that you want to get across during the hearing - and have a note pad to use during the hearing

  • Writing out key points that you want to get across during the hearing will help to keep you organized and on-point.
  • That said, during the hearing you may very well want to address most/ all of your key points, but warning: only do so to the extent that it makes sense in the contest of the hearing. In other words, use common sense.
  • To a big degree in this regards you need to go with the flow of the hearing, and so your desire to get across certain points during the hearing is not something that can be rigidly or inflexibly applied - as while you want to appear organized, you certainly do not want to appear as being someone who is rigid or inflexible, which could incorrectly be viewed by the judge as that you were likewise difficult during your employment and that you indeed committed the misconduct alleged by the Employer.
  • The importance of having a notepad (or blank paper) is that during the hearing things will be said that you may not then be able to immediately respond to (such as if the Employer/ Employer's witnesses are testifying), and so writing down the point(s) that you want to respond to/ address will keep you organized and help you remember the point(s) for when it is your turn to speak.
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