Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-002)
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The course 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. During the semester, students will write an entire brief, either as appellant or appellee, based on a record to be distributed in class. Towards the end of the semester, each student will have an opportunity to present his/her side of the case in a moot court before a panel of three experienced appellate practitioners who will serve as judges. Throughout the course, there will be discussion of the most important of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) as well as an introduction to concepts that are particularly important to the appellate practitioner, such as jurisdiction, finality, the collateral order doctrine, interlocutory appeals, mandamus, standards of review, and issue preservation and harmless error.
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