CLE

DRI’s 2016 appellate seminar

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.)


Three upcoming appellate CLE programs

If you’re looking for CLE focused on appellate advocacy, you will have three programs to choose from this fall:


Appellate CLE in New Orleans

The New Orleans Bar Association is offering some lunchtime CLE in June with two appellate judges. On June 17, Judge Stephen Higginson will give a one-hour presentation on practice and procedure at the U.S. Fifth Circuit. On June 24, Judge Terri Love will give a similar presentation on practice and procedure at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit. Registration is free for NOBA member and $25 per session for non-members. To register, follow this link.


Free La. appellate CLE materials

This morning, I presented an hour of CLE on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar, a program for newly minted lawyers who passed the February 2014 bar exam. For attendees and anyone else who may be interested, here are some supplemental materials used or discussed in the presentation:

For reasons discussed at the seminar and elsewhere, I recommend against over-reliance on forms. With that caution stated—and with no warranties—I offer some samples of pleadings and briefs, all in PDF:


Upcoming appellate CLE

If you’re looking for CLE focused on appellate practice, I have two suggestions:

Update — 23 July 2014. The paper registration form for the LSBA program hasn’t been printed yet, but the good folks there were kind enough to send me a PDF, which you can download by following this link. For the registration fee, follow the link to the program information provided above.


Recommended appellate CLE

As a long-time member of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee, I invite you to join us at the upcoming DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, scheduled for June 17–18 in Chicago. The seminar will include a live oral argument on a class-action fact pattern before a panel of federal judges, an in-house counsel discussion of their use of appellate lawyers, a federal judge discussing diversity in appellate practice, and discussions of the role of appellate counsel during trial, recent appellate court decisions of importance to litigators, building an appellate practice, and effective motions practice.

If you like hearing from judges at your CLE seminars, then you’ll love the lineup for this one. Among the judges on the faculty are Hon. Duane Benton (U.S. 8th Cir.), Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald (U.S. 6th Cir.), Hon. Sara L. Ellis (N.D. Ill.), Hon. Eva Guzman (Tex. Supreme Ct.), Hon. Theodore A. McKee (U.S. 3d Cir.), Hon. Costa M. Pleicones (S.C. Supreme Ct.), Hon. Richard A. Posner (U.S. 7th Cir.), Hon. Margret G. Robb (Ind. Ct. App.), Hon. Michael J. Talbot (Mich. Ct. App.), and Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr. (U.S. 4th Cir.). Then there are two former chief justices of state supreme courts: Wallace B. Jefferson (Tex.) and Eric J. Magnuson (Minn.).

You can find more information about the seminar (including registration info) by clicking here, and you can download the PDF brochure by clicking here.

(My prior plug for this seminar is here. I hope you don’t mind my replugging.)


Free La. appellate CLE stuff

This afternoon, I co-presented an hour of CLE on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar, a program for newly minted lawyers who passed the February 2014 bar exam. For attendees and anyone else who may be interested, here are some supplemental materials used or discussed in the presentation:

If you’re looking for samples of appellate pleadings and briefs, I have some collected at this prior blog post. I cannot vouch for their currentness, because the Uniform Rules have been updated twice since I uploaded them. So use them if you must, but don’t trust them, because they were written under a different set of rules.


High-quality appellate CLE

If you’re looking for high-quality appellate CLE, I have a couple of suggestions.

The first is the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, to be held in Chicago on July 18 and 19. I’ve been a member of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee since 1998 or so, and I’ve attended all but one of its seminars. They’ve been consistently excellent. This one promises to continue that tradition of excellence. Judges and former judges on the faculty include Bernice Bouie Donald (U.S. 6th Cir.), Sara L. Ellis (N.D. Ill.), Joan N. Ericksen (D. Minn.), Eva Guzman (Tex. Supreme Ct.), Wallace B. Jefferson (former chief justice of the Tex. Supreme Court), Theodore A. McKee (U.S. 3d Cir.), Margret G. Robb (Ind. Ct. App.), Michael J. Talbot (Mich. Ct. App.), James A. Wynn, Jr. (U.S. 4th Cir.), and — drum roll — Richard A. Posner (U.S 7th Cir.).

The second is the Appellate Judges Educational Institute Summit, to be held in Dallas on November 13–16. This event brings together appellate judges, lawyers, and staff attorneys for education and socializing. The program hasn’t been released yet, but based on the AJEI’s past performance, I’m confident that this one will be worthwhile.


Catching Bryan Garner tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be getting some high-quality CLE courtesy of Bryan Garner. His current road show is a triple feature: Advanced Legal Writing & Editing, The Redbook Seminar, and Making Your Case. Tomorrow’s stop will be in New Orleans at the Hotel Intercontinental. If you see me there, please say hello—I love meeting blog readers.

If you happen to live in southwest or northwest Louisiana, you can catch Bryan’s stop in Houston (April 3) or Dallas (April 18). If you have a chance to attend one of his seminars, I recommend that you do; your CLE time and dollars will be well spent.


Bryan Garner triple feature

If you’d like to improve your writing, editing, and advocacy skills, then here is a worthwhile CLE seminar for you: A day with Bryan A. Garner, featuring these classes:

This seminar is hitting 12 U.S. cites between March 4 and June 5. The stops most convenient to Louisiana lawyers:

  • New Orleans, April 1 (InterContinental New Orleans)
  • Houston, April 3 (Hyatt Regency Houston)*
  • Dallas, April 18 (InterContinental Dallas)*

I can vouch for the quality of the material. And Bryan is probably the most skilled CLE presenter I have seen. Good presenters hold your attention for an hour; Bryan can hold your attention for an entire day.

For more information, follow these links:

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*I don’t know the process for obtaining Louisiana CLE credit for classes taken in Texas. But since the seminar is stopping in New Orleans, I assume that at least that presentation will have the LSBA’s blessing. If you’re interested in attending the Houston or Dallas sessions, I’d suggest calling the LSBA about getting Louisiana CLE credit.