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2012 Appellate Advocacy Seminar

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, October  1, 2012

12:00 – 1:00 pm -  Registration

12:55 – Opening Remarks  - Brett Harvey, President, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

1:00 – 3:15 pm – Writing Workshop.   Writing the Persuasive Brief:  Over 70% of the cases in the Fifth Circuit are decided on the briefs alone. Learn the principles of persuasive writing and practice those principles with exercises.

Aviva Orenstein, Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

3:15 – 4:15 pm -  Professionalism: “ Sanctions on Appeal and Appealing Sanctions”  - Luther Munford, Phelps Dunbar

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

John Minor Wisdom Courthouse
600 Camp Street, Room 206
New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00 – 11:45  Oral Argument Observation and Critique

Observe regularly scheduled oral arguments.  Stay in the Courtroom to hear critiques of the arguments.

East Courtroom: Don Richard, Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo

En Banc Courtroom: Sidney K. Powell, Sidney Powell, PC

West Courtroom: Deborah Pearce, Law Offices of Deborah Pearce

11:45 Lunch in the Great Hall: Enjoy lunch in the historic Great Hall of the John Minor Wisdom Courthouse with Fifth Circuit Judges  and Court Executives, Case Managers, and Conference Attorneys.

12:55 Walk to Pan Am Center, 601 Poydras St., 11th Floor

1:00 – 2:00 pm Nuts and Bolts of Oral Argument and Brief Writing : Judges Discuss Effective Oral Argument Practices  and Brief Writing

Hon.  Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Circuit Judge
Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Circuit Judge
Hon. Stephen A. Higginson, U.S. Circuit  Judge

Moderator: Brett Harvey

2:00 – 3:00 pm  ETHICS: “The Change that is Coming from the Fifth Circuit Federal Bar” -
Hon. W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., U.S. District Judge, N.D. Texas

3:00 Break

3:15  - 4:15 pm Inside the Fifth Circuit Clerk’s Office

Lyle Cayce, Clerk of the Court


3:15 - 4:15 pm Current Issues in Criminal Law

Timothy Crooks, Supervisory Asst. Fed. Public Defender

4:15 – 4:45 pm The  Appellate Mediation Program and The Internal Review and Screening Process for Civil and Criminal Cases

Moderator: William Brett Harvey

Vikram Chandhok, Conference Attorney, Fifth Circuit
Michael Schneider, Senior Staff Attorney, Fifth Circuit

Adjourn – 4:45