Monday, October 14, 2013

A judge’s advice for appellate practitioners

Judge Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit offers some helpful advice for appellate practitioners in the Sykes summer 2013 issue of Litigation. Having also served on lower courts, Judge Sykes states that the quality of practice “is hit-and-miss in both court systems.” Appellate practitioners, she advises, would do well to strive for “focus, organization, clarity, and brevity in their briefs and at oral argument.” She also urges lawyers to concentrate on their best issues, because a brief with too many issues implies that the lawyer has no really good arguments. The full article contains more suggestions, including tips for oral argument.


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