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CLE - Criminal Law Appellate Practice

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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This program has already taken place, but you can still catch up on what you missed!

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Join us to learn about the ins and outs of criminal appeals from strategy and brief-writing to meeting with clients and oral argument.

Explore with our experts the technical 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 appendix. 

IV. Briefwriting techniques and strategies

        a. How to get the court's attention
        b. The standard of review
        c. Preserving issues for federal habeas corpus
        d. Powerful statements of fact, choice and ordering of issues,
        e. Length and number of arguments and use and citation of precedent
         f. Moffett or Anders briefs.

For the second part of this program, attendees will hear from an Appeals Court Justice, the Deputy Director of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Appeals Bureau, and a Appellate Defense Attorney.  They will provide some guidance oral argument, including:
I.  When 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 your brief? 

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 opponent's arguments?

V. What do you do if the panel asks you question you don't know the answer to?

VI. When might you concede a point at oral argument?

Distinguished judges and experienced litigators have joined the program’s faculty and will be at the ready to offer their personal practice tips and to field your questions! 

Special considerations for federal criminal appellate practice will also be included.

Register now to reserve your seat for this informative evening. 

Registration Categories:
BBA Member - $130.00
Non-Member - $170.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Law Student & CPCS Attorneys - $30.00

If the cost of this seminar would preclude you from attending, please contact us about tuition discounts.

Materials: It's so easy to be green!  The BBA offers registrants CLE course materials in both electronic and print format.  Please remember to select your option during registration.  If you opt for the electronic version, a PDF link will be email to you prior to the seminar. We encourage laptops and portable devices at the seminar, Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms!


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Jacqueline Querubin


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