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244.91 sec. 1 - Appellate Competition Intensive (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Anne Gordon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 1
Meeting Time: Th 5:35-7:25
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: September 12, 2013
Course End: October 24, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49567


Appellate Competition Intensive is a one-credit “crash course” in the fundamentals of appellate writing and oral argument. This class is required for members of moot court teams who are not enrolled in the full 3-unit Appellate Advocacy class. Students will (1) learn about the structure and practice of appellate work and (2) learn how to craft an effective appellate brief and oral argument.

The aim of this companion class is to give students the essential tools of appellate practice, with an emphasis on effective writing. By the end of this class, and with proper supervision, students will be able to competently and confidently address the problems presented in moot court competitions and in real appellate practice. These skills include reviewing an appellate record, crafting sections of an appellate brief, critiquing written briefs using standard editing shorthand, and outlining and presenting a compelling oral argument. The course is graded CR / NC.

A bit about me: I went to the University of Michigan Law School, where I was on a moot court team, and then clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisville, KY. I have worked with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, two California criminal appellate projects, and at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am also a board member at the American Constitution Society, and spend part of my time here at Berkeley working with the California Constitution Center. I look forward to getting to know you and your teams.

Prerequisites:
Member of 2013-2014 appellate competition team.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: None
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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Books:
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  • Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
    Ross Guberman
    Edition: 2011
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 9780195394870
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $19.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Making your case
    Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner
    Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, c2008.
    ISBN: 9780314184719
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 12.9
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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