Appeals: Building Your Case & Persuading the Court

Class recorded Friday, October 30, 2020

The two pillars of a case on appeal are the appellate records and the briefs. The record consists of the documents filed in the trial court (the “Clerk’s Transcript”), plus a record of the oral proceedings in the courtroom (the “Reporter’s Transcript” or a substitute). The briefs are written legal arguments that present a party’s position on appeal.

In this class, learn to designate an adequate record and prepare a successful brief.

Class covers:

  • The purpose, content and importance of the Clerk’s and Reporter’s Transcripts
  • How to designate a record that is adequate to help the appellate court assess error
  • The purpose and contents of an appellate brief
  • What rules guide the appellate court’s decision about whether the trial court decision should be reversed
  • The different, and equally essential roles of the factual history and the legal arguments in a brief
  • Format, filing and service requirements
  • Deadlines and time limits

Presented by:
Tyna Orren, Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, Orren & Orren

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