ADVOCACY RESOURCES

BRIEF WRITING AND ORAL ARGUMENT AIDS

Pam Brannon's Bluebooking Tips and Resources

Georgia State Law Final Round - Prince Evidence Competition - Watch Kevin Bradberry and Matt Ramsey argue in front of Supreme Court Justice Alito

59th New York Bar Association Video

Westlaw Skills Sharpener - tips and resources provided by Westlaw for moot court competitors.

APPELLATE COURT INFORMATION

Supreme Court of the United States - find out what's going on at SCOTUS; search the docket, keep up with the calendar, and read oral argument transcripts.

Merit Briefs in the US Supreme Court - merit briefs from all cases currently before the Court.

SCOTUS Opinions - the AP's listing of opinions as they are released.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals - catch up on what the 11th Circuit is hearing; this Court gets some of the more interesting cases you hear about, e.g. Elian Gonzalez, Terri Schiavo (must be something about Florida).

Georgia Supreme Court - it's our top court - some of you will likely be arguing here one day (and, frighteningly, one of you may be sitting on its bench), so pay attention and read the rules.

Georgia Court of Appeals - some of you will definitely be arguing here one day - make us proud (i.e. don't make us cringe).

MOOT COURT MULTI-MEDIA

GW Law School's moot court finals, featuring Chief Justice John Roberts (United States Supreme Court), Judge Guido Calabresi (2nd Circuit Court of Appeals), and Judge Sonia Sotomayor (2nd Circuit Court of Appeals).  Click here for a summary of the hypothetical case.

C-Span's Coverage of the Courts - links to lots of judicial websites and C-Span's video collection of Q&A's with and profiles of the justices on the US Supreme Court.

APPELLATE ADVOCACY BLOGS

Mootness - covers pretty much all of the national moot court competitions.

The Volokh Conspiracy - covers mostly United States legal and political issues from a libertarian or conservative perspective; authored mainly by law professors.

Appellate Law & Practice - authored by federal law clerks and appellate lawyers.

Appellate.net - information and links relevant to Supreme Court and appellate practice; authored by Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw, LLP.

SCOTUSBlog - US Supreme Court Blog.

QUOTES ABOUT APPELLATE ADVOCACY

“Appellate advocacy is specialized work. It draws upon talents and skills which are far different from those utilized in other facets of practicing law. Being a good trial lawyer does not mean that you are also a qualified appellate advocate.”

    ♦    Third Circuit Senior Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert, Winning on Appeal

"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it isthe skin of a living though and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used."

    ♦    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Oral argument at the Supreme Court is like a game of dodge ball. Except that each of the nine justices has his or her own red rubber ball; they are all allowed to peg them at once; and counsel is the only guy in the circle--there are no big, dumb, fearless kids to hide behind."

    ♦    Dahlia Lithwick, Supreme Court Commentator

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