E-Discussion Forum
Opening Statement
& Jury Argument
Copyright © 2004 Ray Moses
All rights reserved


Only students registered for Professor Moses' Opening Statement and Jury Argument course and invited others may participate in the email discussion group. This discussion group serves as a sounding board for students to engage in on-line critique, discussion, debate, and argumentation. It also facilitates the grading process for the instructor. All students in the Opening Statement and Jury Argument Course are required to become members of this email discussion group as soon as possible. You'll need an email address that, for grading purposes, identifies you by name, e.g., bobsmith rather than coolbreeze. To prevent your present email account from being clogged up with O&C material, take a few moments and open a new Yahoo e-mail account dedicated solely to this course. Once you have a Yahoo email address, there are several ways you can become a member of the O&C E-Discussion Group. Alternative One: The easiest way to sign up is to go directly to the O&C E-Discussion Group and join. The instructor will be notified and will approve you. Alternative Two: After you have signed up for a new Yahoo email account, email that new Yahoo email address to Professor Moses. In the subject space of your email simply state, "Student - O&C Course -  (insert your name)". The instructor will add you directly to the e-discussion group. Alternative Three: The least effective way of becoming a member of the O&C E Discussion Group is to wait until classes begin and give the instructor your Yahoo email address on the first day of class.

Once you have received notification in your Yahoo email account that you have been admitted to the OpenandClose E-Discussion group, you may then address your class email messages and critiques from that Yahoo email account to the group at
Everyone in the O&C Discussion Group will receive your email postings to the group. 

With your Yahoo identification, you may also gain entry to the permanent archives of the Opening Statement and Jury Argument class E-Discussion web site files section. The files
section keeps a permanent chronological record of useful files that have been
prepared by members of the the group during the past several years.
Also, you will find it very helpful if you lose messages to find any
of your class' postings in the Conversation section
of the group site. The URL of the group site is 

Rules of the Group

+ Please identify yourself by name when you post to the e-discussion group. The instructor accesses  and evaluates all your filings at the end of the course when assigning grades.
It helps enormously if your email address identifies you by name, and you never
have to fret about forgetting to add your name to a post.
+ Treat other group members with courtesy and respect.
+ When you post content, you permit the other members of the group to use it
to enhance their own skills in opening and closing.
+ To reduce the possibility of spreading viruses, no attachments are allowed to email sent
to the E-Discussion group. You are certainly invited and welcome, however,
to cut and paste information into your email messages.
+ When replying to a message, redact any long strings of messages clinging to your reply.
This will avoid duplicity and needless use of allotted space.