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Sophisticated Techniques for Writing the Appellate Brief

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Create Powerful Appellate Briefs With These Sophisticated Techniques

Your appellate brief is often the only chance you have to advocate for your client on appeal. Go beyond the basics of legal writing learned in law school. Master the PAWS Method and other techniques to draft appellate briefs more succinctly and persuasively, so you can effectively communicate your argument to judges and your peers while spending less time writing. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your writing skills and truly make your pen mightier than the sword. Register today!

  • Draft persuasive briefs in record time by using the PAWS Method to stay focused on the most important objectives of your writing.
  • Learn to clearly and concisely communicate your argument to judges who have limited time to digest your brief.
  • Influence the judge's first impression of your case using subtle tactics in the table of contents, table of cases and statement of issues.
  • Find out what variations in format still follow the rules but can win your appeal.
  • Avoid the fatal mistake of copying your jury speech into an appellate brief.

Who Should Attend

This practical teleconference provides appellate brief writing techniques that will benefit attorneys. It may also benefit paralegals.

Course Content
  1. Applying the PAWS Method: Purpose, Audience, Word Choice and Sentence Structure, and Style
  2. Using a Subtle Compass: Table of Contents and Table of Cases
  3. Framing a Picture, Not a Puzzle: Statement of the Issues
  4. Writing the Statement of the Facts With Simplicity and Relevance
  5. Secrets to a Successful Argument: Persuading Without Exaggeration
  6. Making Footnotes and Authority Citations Work for You
  7. Variations in Format: Achieving the Maximum Effect While Following the Rules

Practice Areas: Appellate Practice, Legal Research & Writing , Litigation & Appeals
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 03/17/2009
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 29 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Training Type: Online

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