Spring 2021 Course Schedule

Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-001)
Judith Bartnoff

Meets: 03:00 PM - 05:50 PM ( T)

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 14

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This course is intended to introduce students to the appellate process, with a focus primarily on practice in the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as the D.C. Court of Appeals. Each student will write a bench memo and an appellate brief, and will prepare and deliver an oral argument. Students also will review the briefs and watch or listen to oral arguments in selected pending appellate cases, and there will be other (shorter) writing assignments relating to those court observations and reviews of the briefs.

The course will cover the jurisdiction and structure of federal appellate courts, procedures in the federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court, doctrines governing access to federal appellate courts, standards and scope of review on appeal, the roles of law clerks, litigants, and judges in appellate decision-making, and effective brief-writing and oral advocacy.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Articles are included in the Coursepak, which is posted on Canvas. Briefs in pending Supreme Court cases are all available on Scotusblog.com. Decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal appellate courts, and the D.C. Court of Appeals are available on Westlaw.

Additional materials will be posted on Canvas, or a citation to them will be posted.

There are no textbooks for this course.

First Class Readings

Patricia Wald, 19 Tips from 19 Years on the Appellate Bench, 1 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 7 (1999).

Alex Kozinsky, The Wrong Stuff, 1992 BYU L. Rev. 325 (1999).


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