Today, I gave a one-hour CLE presentation on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap webinar for newly sworn-in lawyers. For the participants and anyone else who may be interested, here are some bonus goodies.
First, here are some resources on typography:
- Painting with Print by Ruth Anne Robbins. This 2004 article changed the way I think about typography in everything I write.
- The U.S. Seventh Circuit’s Requirements and Advice for Typography in Briefs and Other Papers. This article is an introduction to typography and a good source of tips to make your briefs and motions look better.
- Typography for Lawyers, by Matthew Butterick. Matthew is the leading authority on this stuff. I highly recommend his book to any lawyer who cares about making a good impression.
Next, here are some sample briefs and motions. I offer these with the caution to avoid over-reliance on others’ work product for other cases.
- Motion for extension of briefing deadline
- Request for oral argument (letter)
- Request for oral argument (pleading)
- Appellant's original brief
- Writ application to La. Supreme Court
Finally, in case you missed the presentation: