I’m a couple of months late uploading the Winter 2007 issue of Certworthy. Here’s what’s inside:
- Ralph Johnson’s retrospective of Judge John C. Godbold’s classic article, Twenty Pages, Twenty Minutes. Judge Godbold wrote that article more than 30 years ago. Today, it’s still pure gold.
- Circuit reports from our intrepid band of regional editors, reporting on recent developments in appellate law from across the country.
- Oral Argument Can — and Should — Make a Difference, by Douglas R. Dennis. Most appellate judges believe that oral argument rarely affects the outcome of an appeal. Doug thinks the fault for that lies with the advocates, and offers a few tips for making your next argument more effective.
- News about the doings of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee, including a few words from our fearless leader, reports from our various subcommittees, and my own report about publication opportunities available to committee members.
Who reads Certworthy, other than the 400 or so members of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee? I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you, however, that seven Certworthy articles are cited in Bryan Garner’s latest book, The Winning Oral Argument.