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
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
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,
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
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?
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.
Honorable Joseph A. Grasso,
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Honorable O. Rogeriee
Thompson (unable to join us due to weather)
Court of Appeals
Dina M. Chaitowitz, Esq.
United States Attorney, Chief of the District Massachusetts Appeals Unit
Judith H. Mizner, Esq.
Public Defender, Chief of the District of Massachusetts Appeals Unit
Michael R Schneider, Esq.
Good Schneider &
Bethany Stevens, Esq.
District Attorney, Deputy Chief of Appeals Unit, Middlesex District Attorney’s
Joseph Stanton, Esq.
Chauncey B. Wood, Esq.
Chauncey B. Wood, Attorney at
Register now to reserve your seat for this informative evening.
BBA Member -
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!