Appellate Practice

Writing Techniques for Appellate Briefs and Other Pleadings


This presentation will focus on persuasive legal writing from a former law clerk to Judge Frank Clement on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The program will cover writing techniques for appellate briefs and other pleadings. Topics will include structuring your brief in an effective manner, proper citation forms, and the best ways to quote authority to make the most of your argument.

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Helpful information--good insights and suggestions for writing and research techniques. Former law clerks are great on this subject.

Very good information.

I enjoyed the presentation; I always welcome different perspectives on how to best organize a legal writing project. When cases are mentioned, I recommend providing a citation to the case.

Good presentation.

I hadn't thought about doing a citation log before. Something I will keep in mind for my next brief.

I did have some ah ha moments that I will be using soon.

Very well presented with good tips for attorneys.

Enjoyed the comments on narrowing issues for appeal; that's always a challenge.

The presenter offered some great tips for advocating more persuasively for my clients.

Very nice job. Most informative. Excellent presentation.

Good overview of techniques for appellate writing. Reinforced what I know I should be remembering to do in appellate writing.

Well organized and well presented.

I wish a list of the cases with citations was provided for when she discussed how certain cases focused on specific pleading issues such as making the argument (law & facts) personal to the specific issue discussion, insufficient citations to records & law, etc.


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Course Information Webcast - Archived Video Highlights
  • Dual PowerPoint and video presentation
  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Viewable on desktop, iPad, and mobile
Course Credits Dual Credits: 0.00
General Credits: 1.00
Total Credits: 1

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please email a request to for Georgia and Mississippi CLE credit.