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Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-002)
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Covers appellate advocacy in civil cases, with an emphasis on federal courts. The bulk of the course is devoted to brief writing and oral argument techniques. Also provides an overview of appellate procedure, including jurisdiction, finality, the collateral order doctrine, interlocutory appeals, mandamus, standards of review, and issue preservation and harmless error
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Aldisert, Winning on Appeal, 2nd edition (NITA 2003); James A. Gardner, Legal Argument: the structure and language of effective advocacy, 2nd edition (LexisNexis 2007).
First Class Readings
The assignment for the first class, August 22, is to read chapters, 1,2 and 4 in Aldisert and Chapter 16 in Gardner. ADDITIONAL READING: Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP),Rules 3,4(a),(d),5(a), 8,18,21, 27 and 28; 28 U.S.C. 1291, 1292(a) and (b); Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter, 130 S. Ct. 599 (2009); Abbott Laboratories v. Gardner, 387 U.S. 136 (1967).
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