Review Past Event - The Craft of Creating Persuasive Appellate Arguments
Just Plain Right
The Craft of Creating Persuasive Appellate Arguments
Originally Held: June 10, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Persuasive arguments are based on understanding at a deep level the theme, the argument’s key points, the record, and the way the judges are likely to think about the case.
Successful appellate lawyers know their audience, the proverbial tribunal, and everything they do is tailored to crafting appellate briefs and oral arguments that famed British barrister Iain Morley described as seeming “just plain right” when presented in court.
Karl Llewellyn described it as having an argument that not only provides a technical legal reason for your client to win, but a sense that this is the just outcome. Having prepared well allows the lawyer to deliver a strong opening, to respond to questions of all kinds, and to end by crystallizing the strongest points.
This webinar was co-sponsored by the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Michigan and Plunkett Cooney. It provided a deep dive into the fascinating process of creating persuasive briefs and oral arguments with insights from a successful appellate attorney and a former Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Mary Massaron and Judge Henry Saad, and Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Anica Letica.