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Tips for Effective Writing, Briefing, Oral Argument Prep, and Appellate Practice

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Session 1: 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision - If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision.

Session 2: Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point - Get perspectives from the State and the defense on how to concisely, but effectively, craft an appellate brief.

Session 3: Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument - Tips, suggestions and insight into oral argument – from advice for handling both “hot” and “cold” benches to when is argument granted, why, and how do judges view it.

Session 4: Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice - Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party.
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Total Credit Hours:
3.00     Credit Info
Specialization: Criminal Appellate Law | Criminal Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$135  

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1. 12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision (May 2019)

Wayne Schiess

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 6 pgs
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 1 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

12 Techniques for Sentence-Level Concision (May 2019)

If all you need is brevity, you can simply cut a section, an argument, or a paragraph. But if you need that content, then you want concision. Concision results from many small edits that add up, and this session offers 12 techniques to improve concision.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Wayne Schiess, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

2. Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point (May 2019)

Mandy Goldman Miller, Melissa Stryker

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 2 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

Effective and Persuasive Briefing – Point and Counter-Point (May 2019)

Get perspectives from the State and the defense on how to concisely, but effectively, craft an appellate brief.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Mandy Goldman Miller, Attorney at Law - Katy, TX
Melissa Stryker, Harris County District Attorney's Office - Houston, TX

3. Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument (May 2019)

Jay R. Brandon

0.50 0.00 0.00 0.50  

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Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 3 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 3:

Practical Tips for Preparing Oral Argument (May 2019)

Tips, suggestions and insight into oral argument – from advice for handling both “hot” and “cold” benches to when is argument granted, why, and how do judges view it. 

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Jay R. Brandon, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Appeals Section - San Antonio, TX

4. Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice (May 2019)

Dayna LeAnn Jones, Andrew Nelson Warthen

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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Audio (mp3) 60 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Slides (pdf) 35 pgs

SESSION 4 — 60 mins, credit 1.00

Session 4:

Tips for Everyday Appellate Practice (May 2019)

Get a view from both sides of the criminal bar with practical tips on how appellate advocates and appellate courts can make their briefs and opinions interesting, easier to understand, and less likely to inflame the opposing side or losing party.

Originally presented at: May 2019 Conference on Criminal Appeals

Dayna LeAnn Jones, The Law Office of Dayna L. Jones - San Antonio, TX
Andrew Nelson Warthen, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office - San Antonio, TX