Thursday, March 20, 2008
With the coming of spring, first-year law students around the country will soon blossom into appellate advocates arguing their first appeals. Much good advice for oral argument resides on the Internet, and we've provided links to many good sites around the country:
- Ten Tips for Presenting Better Oral Argument, by Judge Loren McMaster (although aimed at lawyers making motion arguments, the judge's advice is equally applicable to appellate arguments).
- Appellate Practice Tips, from the North Dakota Supreme Court (in addition to oral argument, including tips on preparing the record and brief)
- Making the Most of Appellate Oral Argument, by Howard Bashman (appellate litigator and author of How Appealing blog)
- Making the Oral Argument, by Jeffrey Batchelor (includes a downloadable .pdf booklet)
- Oral Argument in Criminal Cases: 10 Tips for Winning the Moot Court Round, by Brian Wice (published in the Texas Bar Journal)
- Legal Writing Tip - Answering Questions at Oral Argument, by Ariana Levinson (U of Louisville prof's practical advice to students)