Federal Appellate Practice Teleconference: Presenting Your Oral Argument
"From the soup of preserving issues at trial to the nuts of how to get Supreme Court review, it's all here." - Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on Federal Appellate Practice
March 24, 2009
To coincide with BNA Books' publication of Mayer Brown's Federal Appellate Practice, our Supreme Court & Appellate practice offered a complimentary teleconference series focusing on topics of interest to counsel dealing with appeals in the federal courts. Each 30-minute session, led by various authors of the book, offered an inside look at how to successfully navigate the federal appeals process.
The seventh and final event in our series focused on Presenting Your Oral Argument and was led by the authors of this chapter, partners Andy Frey and Eileen Penner. In his experience in hearing oral arguments, Chief Justice Charles Hughes observed ".the impression that a judge has at the close of a full oral argument accords with the conviction which controls his final vote." Andy and Eileen discussed the importance of a strong oral argument, methods for preparing for an argument, and common mistakes.