Before he retired last year, Major General William K. Suter heard over 1700 arguments at the United States Supreme Court as that Court’s Clerk of Court. General Suter developed a Guide for Counsel that has practical tips on how to handle oral argument. Here are five: Continue reading →
Former Judge Patricia M. Wald gave lawyers “19 Tips From 19 Years on the Appellate Bench.” This delightful essay distills Judge Wald’s work sitting on about 2600 appeals, and writing 800 opinions, while a member of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Diane Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently wrote, “Advice for Appellate Litigators.” The article offers several appellate tips on writing briefs and handling oral argument. Here are four: Continue reading →
Members of a state Supreme Court recently shared on how lawyers should frame their oral argument and handle questions. The Justices on Delaware’s highest court first ask lawyers to begin by stating precisely the issues, the trial court’s claimed error, and what the Supreme Court should do about it. Continue reading →