On my other blog, I have a post today about two articles on paragraph building. They’re by Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell, authors of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing. That book costs $49. The two articles are free.
If you will be looking for high-quality appellate CLE in 2016—and if you don’t mind catching a flight out of Louisiana the day after Mardi Gras—then save the dates of February 11–12, 2016. That’s when DRI will hold its 2016 Appellate Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona. The official program has not yet been released, but DRI’s e-mail blast promises the following content:
The program includes unique presentations pertaining to every stage of an appeal, including seeking discretionary review, staying the trial court decision, considering settlement on appeal (including consideration of vacatur options), and presenting your best case through effective use of public policy arguments. We will also explore the review of arbitration awards, both through traditional appellate courts and alternative methods, in the wake of Hall Street Associates. And Josh Blackman, the creator of FantasySCOTUS, will discuss how you can use Big Data to predict how judges will decide cases. We will have top appellate practitioners offering practical advice on growing your appellate practice, both within and outside of your firm. As always, we will have a mock argument before three esteemed jurists on an actual class action case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
I’ve attended all but one DRI appellate seminar since the first one in 1999. If this one lives up to its predecessors, it will be the best appellate CLE you can find in 2016. (Disclosure: I’ve been a member of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee since before 1999, and I’m on the steering committee.)
If you’re looking for CLE focused on appellate advocacy, you will have three programs to choose from this fall:
- On October 5–6, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit is holding its annual Appellate Advocacy Seminar in New Orleans. To view the program and to register on line, follow this link.
- On November 6, the Louisiana State Bar Association and its Appellate Section are holding their Advanced Appellate Practice Seminar. The program features 10 Louisiana appellate judges and several distinguished appellate practitioners. To view the program and to register on line, follow this link.
- On November 12–15, the Appellate Judges Educational Institute’s 2015 Summit will be held in Washington, DC. The program is geared toward both appellate judges and appellate practitioners, so it presents the chance to learn and socialize with appellate judges from across the country. For links to the program and registration pages, follow this link.