Tips for Success in Appellate Practice
March 15, 2017
Litigator Brad McCullough hosted a webinar on "Maintaining Your Appeal: Tips for Success in Appellate Practice," presented by the Clear Law Institute.
Brad discussed the similarities and differences between trial court practice and appellate practice. He also covered:
How to write a successful brief:
- Knowing your court, its rules, and its preferences.
- How to identify the best tone or voice for your brief
- What to say in your statement of the case or statement of facts
- How to select your issues
- How to frame the issues presented
- How to identify and reflect the standard of review in your brief
- How to organize your argument
How to prepare for oral argument:
- Knowing the law
- Knowing both sides’ arguments and briefs
- How to effectively use “moot courts”
- How to engage in dialogue
- How to answer questions without being evasive
How advocacy in appellate court can differ from advocacy in trial court
Brad McCullough is a commercial and business litigator and appellate attorney at Lerch Early who represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before arbitration panels and in mediation proceedings.