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WINNING AT MOOT COURT

Handbook for Moot Court SuccessAn excellent handbook on how to win in moot court has been written by Judge Gerald Lebovits and his co-authors. Judge Lebovits knows his subject. As a law student, he won the moot court award for both best speaker and best brief. As a coach, his moot court teams have won [...]

APPELLATE STRATEGIES

Bob Foster Examines Tactical and Strategic Issues on AppealFor years, Bob Foster was the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the California Attorney General’s Office, San Diego, California. In the book entitled The Appellate Prosecutor: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Appellate Advocacy, Bob Foster’s chapter on “Appellate Strategies” examines tactical and strategic issues involved in [...]

CREATIVE LEGAL OPINIONS

The Camel Cigarette Ad CaseCreative writing is a confection – a treat to read and a treat to experience. Two judges got creative in their opinions in the Camel cartoon case. In 1998, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company entered into a multi-billion dollar settlement with several states and as part of the settlement agreed not [...]

CIVILITY IN PRETRIAL, TRIAL AND APPELLATE ADVOCACY

Principles of Civility, Integrity and ProfessionalismLast week I was at the University of Montana Law School teaching at their Advanced Trial Advocacy course and met Don Robinson. Don is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and during the course he lectured on civility and showed a video produced by ABOTA, which is [...]