This afternoon, I gave a one-hour presentation on Louisiana appellate practice at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar for newly sworn-in lawyers. For them and other interested persons, here are some things from that presentation, plus a few bonus materials:
- A copy of the written materials
- A PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation
- Boudreaux v. State, 2001-1329 (La. 2/26/02) (on the importance of the Rule 10 writ-grant considerations)
- A Writ in Time, 51 La. B.J. 338 (Feb.-Mar. 2004) (how to determine your deadline to apply to the court of appeal for a supervisory writ)
- Alex Kozinski, In Praise of Moot Court—Not!, 97 Colum. L. Rev. 178 (Jan. 1997) (Judge Kozinski expounds on the differences between law-school moot-court and real-world appellate practice)
- How to Write an Appellate Brief, or more accurately, how to convert a multi-volume record into a 28-page or 14,000-word story.
- The Importance of Earnest Oral Argument. An attempt to answer the question whether oral argument make a difference in the outcome of an appeal.
If you’re looking for forms, please know that I preach against over-reliance on them. But if you'd like to see some samples of Louisiana appellate filings, then you’ll find some by clicking here and scrolling down a bit.