814 Appellate Advocacy I - §001, Fall 2010

Categories: Appellate Practice Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Instructor(s) Butler, Louis

by an appellate practitioner and former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court,
this class will highlight the good and the bad of appellate advocacy, as seen
through the eyes of a former appellate practitioner, trial attorney, trial
judge and appellate judge.  Students will explore what goes into some of
the practical and strategic decisions that have to be made in identifying what
issues to litigate on appeal, as well as what issues to abandon.  Students
will also learn what the judges look for in effective brief writing, oral
advocacy in an appellate setting, and what will catch a justice's eye when
drafting a petition for review.  The instructor will also present a
behind-the-scenes look into how decisions are made by the appellate
court.  The class will be a three credit seminar, limited to 15 students
(1 two hour meeting per week).  Grading will be based on a number of
projects, including the drafting of an appellate brief, arguing the briefed
case before the class, and then drafting a petition for review, as well as
classroom participation.  Students will also have an opportunity to view
an actual argument before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and then critique it.


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