I was introduced to appellate advocacy through my law school's first year oral advocacy competition. Prior to beginning Syracuse University College of Law, I was largely unfamiliar with "appellate advocacy." I went to law school to be a litigator and was eager to participate in any type of
There can be only one. And last weekend in Chicago, the final 24 teams in the 2019 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition gathered to see who would take the title in this year's moot court battle. In the end, the team of Kyle Gardner, Haley
Traditional law school courses can be an effective way to learn legal doctrine, but they don’t teach much about law practice. Joining a law school competition team can be a terrific way to learn those skills and have fun in the process.
Here's a solution to a legal citation problem that comes up all the time. Please bear with me for the intro. It will be worth it. While reading a court decision earlier this year, I came across a passage in which the court quoted authority from an earlier decision which, in
If you have an interest in appellate litigation, serving as a student liaison for the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL) – the only national appellate bench-bar organization in the country – can be an invaluable experience. Serving as a student liaison for CAL provides unique networking, programming, and
Your goal when writing an appellate brief should be to craft a document that the intended audience will want to start reading at the very beginning and not put down until the end. Your audience should feel a sense of understanding and appreciation for how you were able to tie the whole thing together.