Purchase this materials set to learn about the
ins and outs of criminal appeals from strategy and brief-writing to meeting
with clients and oral argument.
considerations and strategies that should be explored before filing your appeal
and while writing the brief.
I. Rules and local practices and procedures for appeals
II. Strategies for preparation for your first meeting with the client and
whether to file a motion for new trial prior to the appeal
III. How and when to supplement the record and what to include in the record
IV. Briefwriting techniques and strategies
a. How to get the court's
b. The standard of
c. Preserving issues for
federal habeas corpus
statements of fact, choice and ordering of issues,
e. Length and number of arguments
and use and citation of
f. Moffett or
Guidance on oral arguments, including:
and how to prepare for oral argument?
II. Should you moot your argument?
II. What do you do if a new case relevant to your issue is decided
after your file your brief or if you just missed a relevant case when preparing
III. How do you determine which issues you will tackle at oral argument
and and on which issues to rest on your brief?
IV. If you are the appellant, should you "steal the thunder" from
V. What do you do if the panel asks you question you don't know the answer
VI. When might you concede a point at oral argument?
Honorable Joseph A. Grasso, Jr.
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson (unable to join us due to
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Dina M. Chaitowitz, Esq.
Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the
District Massachusetts Appeals Unit
Judith H. Mizner, Esq.
Assistant Federal Public Defender, Chief of the
District of Massachusetts Appeals Unit
Michael R Schneider, Esq.
Good Schneider & Cormier
Bethany Stevens, Esq.
Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief of
Appeals Unit, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
Joseph Stanton, Esq.
Clerk, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Chauncey B. Wood, Esq.
Chauncey B. Wood, Attorney at