Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-003)
Robert Hildum

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (W)

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 16

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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 and states courts. Each student will write an appellate brief and will prepare and deliver an oral argument. Students will also have focused writing and oral argument exercises and drills.

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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The textbook for this class will be Provenzano, Schrup, Phillips, Green, Advanced Appellate Advocacy (1st Edition, 2014). Articles and other readings will be utilized as well. Briefs in pending Supreme Court cases are 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.

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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