How can you best persuade an appellate court to decide a case in your favor? This book is packed with useful examples and clever ancedotes that will sharpen your presentation and argument skills for use at the state, federal and Supreme Court level.
Text is designed to be helpful particularly to lawyers inexperienced in appellate advocacy. The analysis begins with an overview of appellate procedure and then examines the concept of persuasion. Explores the constructs of solid brief writing and oral argument, and provides exercises in preparing a persuasive document as well as an effective and convincing oral argument. Coverage includes: the decision to appeal, technicalities of the appeal, a primer on persuasion, preparation and writing the opening brief, appellee and reply briefs, preliminary considerations before argument, preparation for and presentation of the oral argument, post-argument memoranda, and briefs and petitions for rehearing.
While focused on the appellate setting, Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy is applicable to all legal writing and speaking, and includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other situations. Students are given a clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument, from the selection of a main theme, to the employment of research, language, and speaking skills that achieve a clear, persuasive legal message. Step-by-step, they learn to organize, prepare, and present winning written and oral arguments. Detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice shows how important it is to consider the judge’s time and perspective when preparing an argument. Concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file are liberally spread throughout the text along with extensive advice for editing Sophisticated, realistic litigation problems in the accompanying Case Files help put principles in practice and allow instructors a great deal of flexibility. Technological developments are explored, including electronic filing, video conference oral arguments, and electronic research. The revised Third Edition presents updated and expanded information on electronic filings as well as rule updates, especially local rule issues, and an updated, two-color design. Features: clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument the selection of a main message or theme employment of research, language, and speaking skills achieving a clear, persuasive legal message content is applicable to all legal writing and speaking includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other settings step-by-step guide to organizing, preparing, and presenting winning written and oral arguments detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice emphasizes consideration of the judge's time and perspective when preparing arguments liberal use of concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file, with extensive advice for editing accompanied by Case Files help put in practice the principles advocated throughout the text sophisticated, realistic litigation problems designed to allow instructors flexibility features technological developments--electronic filing, video conference, oral arguments, electronic research sections on harmless error, changes to Rule 32, and the status of unpublished opinions The revised Third Edition presents: updated and expanded information on electronic filings rule updates, especially local rule issues updated, two-color design
Advanced Appellate Advocacy is a mastery textbook, designed to bridge students from second and third semester writing courses to appellate simulations and clinics that involve substantial writing projects. Because it offers a robust appellate education, conveying the creativity, strategy, and sophistication behind real appeals, the text can also serve as a handbook for new lawyers entering appellate practice. This textbook is a first-of-its kind collaboration among authors with decades of appellate practice and clinical and legal writing teaching among them. The author team includes Carter Phillips, one of the most highly rated Supreme Court advocates of our time. Advanced Appellate Advocacy also uses charts, diagrams, and reflection questions to engage readers, and practice pointers based on the authors' interviews with appellate specialists and their own practice experiences are sprinkled throughout the chapters. The text is enriched by an on-line companion that houses all of the text's exercises, additional briefs and working documents, and interviews with prominent appellate practitioners. Features: Organized to track the progress of an appeal, the text offers students explicit process-based guidance linked to each phase Going Beyond IRAC, the text teaches more flexible, sophisticated writing approaches, illustrating them with models from expert appellate briefs Includes charts, diagrams, examples, and reflection questions
Mary Beth Beazley s highly regarded A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Third Edition, is a comprehensive student-focused guide to writing appellate briefs. Written in an understandable, direct writing style, this concise paperback s effective structure centers on a four-point approach to writing and breaks each point down into key elements that are then treated in-depth. This accessible paperback: provides a complete introduction to the techniques and process of writing appellate briefs emphasizes the process approach to writing, beginning with large-scale issues such as content and organization, moving to smaller-scale issues such as signals to the reader, and ending on the smallest-scale concerns of format and polishing methods includes an appendix with four sample briefs with annotations that identify strengths of the brief and/or why the writer chose a particular technique shows students how to effectively use abstract formulas such as IRAC or CREXAC when they are writing teaches students how to revise and improve their work by using the self-graded draft Improvements to the updated Third Edition include: Chapters have been reorganized to separate motion briefs from appellate briefs to allow professors to assign focused readings more easily The section on standards of review for a motion to dismiss has been updated to reflect Supreme Court decisions in Twombly and Iqbal Enhanced and refined discussions of: How to write effective topic sentences arguing that a rule does or does not apply to the case Using introductory material effectively to set the stage for the argument How to "harvest" arguments from non-mandatory courts How and where to deal with opponent's arguments A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Third Edition, offers practical advice with specific techniques that encourages students to develop new skills and greater confidence.
Appellate Advocacy: Principles and Practice is designed primarily for use in an upper class appellate practice course. It will provide students with a basic understanding of the most fundamental principles of appellate litigation, using examples from the federal system as well as several illustrative states. And, by helping law students to understand the basic principles behind appellate litigation, which are not covered in any other law school course, Appellate Advocacy: Principles and Practice can also enhance their study of law in general. Like the prior edition of Appellate Advocacy: Principles and Practice published in 2004, this new edition also includes exercises revolving around the most important principles of appellate practice. And, in addition to the updated materials throughout the book, the Fifth Edition also: • Addresses the important matter of seeking stays pending appeal, the possibility of en banc review, and alternative dispute resolution in the appellate context (Chapter 2) • Expands the discussion of the preservation doctrine to include more materials on civil litigation and augments discussion of scope of review to include judicial notice (Chapter 3) • Provides more treatment of review of administrative agency decisions (Chapter 4) • Offers more detailed discussion of the evolving constitutional harmless error doctrine (Chapter 5) • Includes new exercises to emphasize some of the ethical issues that arise in appellate practice (Chapter 6) • Adds new sections on amicus briefs and on persuasive citations (Chapter 7) • Eliminates the chapter on federal habeas corpus and other avenues of collateral attack on judgments, which will be the subject of a future text.
A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Appellate Advocacy
Author: Ronald H. Clark
Category: Appellate procedure
The Appellate Prosecutor: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Appellate Advocacy is a new book for appellate advocates, particularly those in attorney general's and prosecutor's offices. The importance of an appellate prosecutor's work cannot be overstated. Don Zelenka, a consummate appellate advocate, expressed it well when he wrote, "If the maxim that 'the best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life' is correct, the life and work of an appellate prosecutor is one to be cherished." Appellate prosecutors not only preserve just convictions through their advocacy but also shape the law for the future. Authors for this book are some of the best-of-the-best teachers and authorities on how to be an effective appellate advocate. They were selected from across the country and include appellate prosecutors from attorney general's and prosecutor's offices as well as appellate judges and justices and a law professor. The authors have crafted information-packed chapters on these subjects: Persuasion, Planning and Analysis for Appellate Advocacy - The building blocks of persuasion and how to use them in appellate advocacy Writing the Persuasive Brief - How to effectively craft the three major sections of the brief The Key to Good Legal Writing A Sample Appellate Brief Template Appellate Strategies - How to: find procedural and other bars; uncover flaws in Appellant's brief; determine the real issue; enhance your credibility with the court and more. Research Resources: An Appellate Lawyer's Tools of the Trade - Internet sites, prosecutor association information banks and written resources for appellate prosecutors. Standards of Review: The First Line of Defence Protecting the Record for Appeal: Advice to the Trial Prosecutor Professional Responsibility on Appeal - How to respond to ethical dilemmas that confront appellate prosecutors. Prosecutor Appeals - eight considerations that may influence your decision to appeal. Successful Appellate Oral Advocacy. Appellate Court Conferencing of Cases - How appellate courts conference and how that can effect your advocacy. Answering the Difficult Questions from the Bench. Inspirational Words for the Appellate Advocate. As Judge Charles Moylan, thirty-year veteran of the appellate bench, renowned lecturer and author, put it, "This work in my judgement will find an indispensable place on the desk, or at the bedside before argument, of every successful appellate prosecutor."
The Elements of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Circuit
Author: Mark Simon Davies
Publisher: OUP USA
The need for a legal "Elements of Style" aimed at U.S. patent litigators has long been acknowledged by patent law attorneys and judges within the Federal Circuit. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently embarked on a campaign to improve the quality of briefing. With Patent Appeals: The Elements of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Circuit, Mark Davies has provided attorneys with an indispensable guide to briefing and arguing cases before the Federal Circuit. Patent Appeals: The Elements of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Circuit is a practical guide to appellate advocacy for patent attorneys appearing before the federal appellate court responsible for patent law. The book guides readers through the organizational requirements needed for a Federal Circuit appellate brief, as set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, with an emphasis on developing an appellate style for briefing a patent appeal. It is an essential manual of instruction for litigators and anyone interested in understanding the procedures of writing a winning appellate brief and presenting it in court. Topics include clear writing, the importance of presentation, the types of arguments most likely to succeed, and the formal requirements for filing a brief. Other issues include effective oral argument presentation and petitions for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc. Samples (all written by the author) are included.
The book will help you deal effectively with situations you face over and over again in the preparation and presentation of a case for trial. It provides you with strategies for simplifying complex evidence, handling criminal trials, facing grand juries, and arguing before the Supreme Court. It also informs you about the perceptions of jurors, witnesses, and judges; about appellate advocacy from both sides of the bench; and much more. And it contains some of the best legal writing available-clear, informal and never dull. Whether you are a new lawyer or an experienced litigator, you will find innovative ideas and step-by-step advice that you can put to immediate use in your practice.