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A writing tip for contrarian judges

For Bridging the Gap participants

This afternoon, I am co-presenting a CLE hour on appellate practice as part of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap seminar. The seminar is for recent law grads who are just starting their legal careers. I promised that I would post some supplemental materials for them. So here they are:

First, two articles by Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit:

  • In Praise of Moot Court — Not!, in which Judge Kozinski discusses the differences between law-school moot-court programs and real-world appellate practice.
  • The Wrong Stuff, in which Judge Kozinski explains how to lose an appeal that, for whatever reason, you must lose.

Next, some sample pleadings and briefs. Treat them only as samples, not as models. Use them with caution, as the rules may have changed since these were written.

 Finally, copies of my PowerPoint presentation and written materials.


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