Apostrophe Catastrophe

For Bridging the Gap participants (and other interested persons)

This afternoon I am giving a one-hour presentation to newly sworn-in lawyers as part of the Louisiana Bar Association's Bridging the Gap seminar. For those participants — and anyone else who may be interested — here are some materials to supplement the presentation:

Forms. I generally recommend against reliance on forms, for two reasons. First, there's never a guarantee that a form you get from another lawyer (not even one from me!) complies with the rules. Second, even a form that was good when created will inevitably fail to keep up with changes in the rules. With those warnings in mind, here are some samples of appellate papers that I've written within the last few years. If you use these, please please consult the rules to verify compliance. If anything in any of these samples conflicts with the current version of a rule, follow the rule; don't follow the sample.