Oral Advocacy Before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court & Appeals Court

Event Start:
11/19/2014 4:30 PM
Event End:
11/19/2014 6:30 PM

This Program is Sold-Out.

CPCS approved for 2 CLE hours for the Mental Health Litigation Division, Juvenile Delinquency (YAD), Children and Family Law (CAFL), Adult Criminal Trial and Post-Conviction panels.

Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr., Appeals Court
Hon. Robert J. Cordy, Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Elspeth B. Cypher, Appeals Court
Hon. John M. Greaney (ret), Supreme Judicial Court, Program Chair
Murray Kohn, Senior Staff Counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Jennifer Grace Miller, Chief, Government Bureau, MASS. A.G.

“Your oral argument on appeal,” Justice John Marshall Harlan advised the Supreme Court Bar, “is the most effective weapon you have got.” Chief Justice John G. Roberts concurs, saying that “oral argument is terribly, terribly important.”

But what—and how—do you argue after you state, May it please the Court? This nuts-and-bolts program will sharpen your appellate advocacy skills by providing practical and proven advice applicable in both criminal and civil appeals before the SJC and the Appeals Court.

Justices from those courts will explain what the bench must hear in order for you to persuade them. Their personal insights on the substance, style, deportment, and the unwritten dynamics and expectations during argument play important roles in persuasion.

Senior appellate advocates will share their expertise and experience on how they prepare, how they select the style of argument for different types of cases, how they parlay the justices’ probing questions into winning answers, and how they avoid common mistakes.

Online registration is encouraged. Convenience phone registrations will be charged a $10 processing fee. For questions on group discounts, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information call Andrew Hyland at 617-226-1361.

Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars and other educational events and activities.

Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Cost: $50 SLL members and CPCS Staff, bar advocates and prosecutors; $75 all others.
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