CLE

LSBA appellate webinar on October 2

On October 2, 2020, the LSBA will hold a two-hour CLE on appellate practice. Thomas Flanagan will interview three judges: Judge Sylvia Cooks (La. Third Circuit), Judge Kyle Duncan (U.S. Fifth Circuit), and Justice William Crain (La. Supreme Court). According to the seminar flyer, “The interviews will focus on appellate practice, including the inner workings of the courts and attributes of effective written and oral advocacy.” Follow these links for more information about this webinar:


LSBA’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar Oct. 16–17

If you’re new to the practice of law (or know someone who is), then you may be interested in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar, to be held on October 16–17 in New Orleans. This is a great seminar for anyone who just passed the Louisiana bar exam. I’m on the program for October 17 to talk about appellate practice. For more information about the seminar or to register, follow this link


La. Advanced Appellate Seminar on Nov. 30

If you are (a) reading this blog, and (b) in need of CLE hours, then check out the LSBA’s Advanced Appellate Seminar, scheduled for November 30 in New Orleans. The seminar co-chairs, Judge Sylvia Cooks and Tom Flanagan, have put together a solid program offering 6.25 hours of CLE credit. The faculty includes 12 appellate judges. For detailed information about the seminar, follow this link. Follow these links to download the seminar flyer and the registration form.


For “Bridging the Gap” participants

This morning, I gave my semi-annual presentation on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap seminar for new lawyers. For them and anyone else who may be interested, here are the bonus materials that I promised:

Below are links to downloadable PDFs of sample appellate briefs and pleadings. For reasons stated during the seminar, please do not follow these slavishly; the rules may have changed since these were written.


Free CLE stuff for “Bridging the Gap” participants

This morning, I gave my semi-annual presentation on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Bridging the Gap seminar for new lawyers. For them and anyone else who may be interested, here are the bonus materials that I promised:

Below are links to downloadable PDFs of sample appellate briefs and pleadings. For reasons stated during the seminar, please do not follow these slavishly; the rules may have changed since these were written.


Louisiana appellate CLE at Loyola

Setting precedentsIf you’re looking for appellate CLE in New Orleans, then check out Setting Precedents, a two-day appellate CLE seminar to be held on May 31–June 1 at Loyola Law School. It offers 12.5 hours of CLE, and the organizers have applied to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization for accreditation as specialized appellate CLE. I’ll be speaking at the seminar, giving a one-hour presentation on using structure and grammar to empower your writing. To see the full lineup and to register, follow this link.


DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar

If you want or need high-quality appellate CLE, DRI has what you need—in Las Vegas. The DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar will be held on March 14–15 at the Planet Hollywood Resort. It’s being held in conjunction with the DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, with a joint session being held on the afternoon of March 15. The faculty includes six appellate judges. Also on the lineup is Bryan Garner, who will talk about using canons of textualism to construct legal arguments. As a bonus, you can stick around on the morning of March 16 for additional CLE with the trial-tactics folks without any additional cost.

Oh, in case you’re board-certified in Louisiana as an appellate specialist, or if you intend to apply for that specialization this year, DRI has applied to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization for specialized CLE accreditation. From reading the brochure, it looks like it’ll be good for 9 hours of specialized CLE credit. (For specialists in other states, DRI has applied for specialized CLE accreditation to California, Florida, Ohio, and Texas.)


La. CLE for procrastinators

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If you still need a few hours of CLE this year, consider signing up for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2017 Wrap Up seminar, to be held this Friday, December 15, at the Sheraton on Canal Street in New Orleans. Included in the multi-topic program will be a one-hour presentation by Thomas M. Flanagan and yours truly on the “Top 10 Ways to Lose an Appeal.” You can register for one hour, two hours, a half day, or the entire 6.25 hour day. According to the LSBA web site, Tom’s and my presentation is approved for an hour of appellate-specialization CLE credit. For more information about the seminar, follow this link.


Bridging the Gap, Oct. 2017: Free appellate CLE stuff

Today I was honored to give a one-hour presentation at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap Seminar,” a CLE program for newly sworn-in lawyers. For them and anyone else who may be interested, here are some PDFs you can download:

Although I counsel against over-reliance on forms (see Immortal Forms above), I’m happy to share some samples of the kinds of court filings discussed during my presentation:

As a bonus, here’s a link to The Wrong Stuff by Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Ninth Circuit, explaining how you, too, can lose your first appeal (or your next one).

Finally, make your briefs look better by following this advice on typography: