Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-001)
Judge Judith Bartnoff

Meets: 02:30 PM - 05:20 PM (Tu) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 7 / Limit: 14

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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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Articles are included in the Coursepak, which is posted on MyWCL. The briefs in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue also are included in the Coursepak. Cases 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 the course’s MyWCL page, or a citation to them will be posted.

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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