Written by acclaimed appellate lawyer and professor Daniel Selm
Principles of Appellate Advocacy concentrates exclusively on a few
rules and principles that are essential to writing clear appellate
briefs and oral arguments. Designed for students preparing their
first appellate arguments, as well as those who struggle with the
writing process, this concise, student-friendly text helps students
identify core principles at issue, frame their arguments from an
appellate judge's perspective, and write clear, compelling briefs
and oral arguments.
Features: Written by a highly experienced appellate lawyer who
has briefed more than 35 appellate cases involving environmental
and land use law, and argued over 20 of those in the appellate
courts, including three in the California Supreme Court. Focuses on
the core skills in appellate advocacy: brief writing and oral
argument.Concise treatment that focuses on a few essential rules,
allowing students to focus on core principles.Teaches students how
to derive, rather than just state, essential principles . Emphasis
is on helping students learn to identifythe issue that must be
resolved before developing a written or oral argument that responds
to that issue. "Thinking like a judge" is a unifying
theme--students are consistently challenged to put themselves in
the appellate judge's shoes throughout the text. Separates the
writing process from the analytic process, guiding students through
the dual process of writing a brief while confronting difficult
questions about the substance of the law by first creating an
outline and then going on to the actual writing. Includes a DVD
featuring real judges presenting do's and don'ts for appellate
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