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October 2012

Free La. appellate CLE stuff

This afternoon, I co-presented a one-hour session on Louisiana appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar. This seminar is for newly minted lawyers; the idea is to bridge the gap between law school and practice. For anyone who may be interested, here are links to my PowerPoint presentation and written materials.

Below are some supplemental materials that I suggested. First, 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, two entertaining and informative 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.


For years, I have been thinking about writing a book on practicing appellate litigation in Louisiana. Unfortunately, I will probably not have the time to write the book until I retire from practicing law. But maybe in the meantime, I can write the book one paragraph at a time, in no particular order. Hence, this blog.

I have some credentials as both an appellate lawyer and a blogger. And just about every day, I learn something about practicing appellate litigation. So this should be an interesting experiment.