What goes into a Case Status Memo is just as important as what stays out. Get our editorial insights through examples of revisions.


Below are two versions of a case status file memo written by a fourth-semester student at the CUNY School of Law for the Economic Justice Project Lawyering Seminar. Consider the points below:

  • Factual details included in the first draft later omitted in the revised version;
  • Revised formatting of the document to be more visually accessible;
  • Omitted discussion of potential arguments and strategies more suited for an attorney work product memo to file.

A note on abbreviations in the text: NOI refers to Notice of Intent. It is the notice that an agency is required to send before it can implement any reduction or discontinuance of benefits. This notice forms the basis for an appellant’s fair hearing rights under 18 NYCRR 358 et seq.