The Appellate Prosecutor: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Appellate Advocacy is a book for appellate advocates, particularly those in attorney general’s and prosecutor’s offices.

Judge Charles Moylan, thirty-year veteran of the appellate bench and renowned lecturer put it this way:

“This work in my judgment will find an indispensable place on the desk, or at the bedside on the night before argument, of every successful appellate prosecutor. “

Authors for this book are some of the best-of-the-best teachers and authorities on how to be an effective appellate advocate. They were selected from across the country and include appellate prosecutors from attorney general’s and prosecutor’s offices as well as appellate judges and justices and a law professor. Additional biographical information for the authors is provided below.

Here is what others have said about the book:

“I have been a prosecutor for 25 years, and have spent about half of that time handling writs and appeals. I thought I knew what I was doing, but in reading your book I found myself thinking many times, ‘Oh! So that’s how I’m supposed to do it!’ Thanks again for publishing a great book!”
Michael D. Schwartz, Senior Deputy District Attorney
Writs, Appeals and Training Supervisor, Ventura, CA

“I have attended many appellate practice seminars. Few of those presentations were as helpful to the appellate litigator as those in this book, whose topics range from the obvious (persuasive brief writing and oral argument techniques) to the practical (books and online research resources, complete with website addresses) to the sublime (standards of review).
. . . I will surely use it in my own civil appellate work and I heartily recommend it to all lawyers interested in improving theirs.”

Annina Mitchell, Utah Solicitor General

The cost of the book is $21.95 and the information about ordering is at the end of this article.


· Persuasion, Planning and Analysis for Appellate Advocacy – The building blocks of persuasion and how to use them in appellate advocacy.
· Writing the Persuasive Brief – How to effectively craft the three major sections of the brief.
· The Key to Good Legal Writing.
· A Sample Appellate Brief Template.
· Appellate Strategies – How to: find procedural and other bars; uncover flaws in Appellant’s brief; determine the real issue; enhance your credibility with the court and more.
· Research Resources: An Appellate Lawyer’s Tools of the Trade – Internet sites, prosecutor association information banks and written resources for appellate prosecutors.
· Standards of Review: The First Line of Defense.
· Protecting the Record for Appeal: Advice to the Trial Prosecutor.
· Professional Responsibility on Appeal – How to respond to ethical dilemmas that confront appellate prosecutors.
· Prosecutor Appeals – Eight considerations that may influence your decision to appeal.
· Successful Appellate Oral Advocacy.
· Appellate Court Conferencing of Cases – How appellate courts
conference and how that can effect your advocacy.
· Answering the Difficult Questions from the Bench.
· Inspirational Words for the Appellate Advocate.


JUSTICE PAUL H. ANDERSON is an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

TIMOTHY A. BAUGHMAN is the Chief of Research, Training, and Appeals for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Detroit, Michigan. He has argued over 60 cases in the Michigan Supreme Court.

J. KIRK BROWN is Nebraska’s first Solicitor General.

HILARY L. BRUNELL is the Executive Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey.

JUDGE JERRY G. ELLIOTT was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1987.

PROFESSOR JAMES FLANAGAN is the Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

ROBERT M. FOSTER was a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in his 30th year with the Appeals, Writs and Trials (Criminal) Section of the California Attorney General’s Office in San Diego, California.

JUDGE KAYE HEARN has served as a member of the South Carolina Court of Appeals since her election in 1995 and has been chief judge since 1999.

JUDGE BARBARA P. HERVEY is a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2003.

JUDGE ROBERT J. HUMPHREYS is a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

JUDGE MICHAEL E. KEASLER is a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

JUSTICE NATHAN D. MIHARA is an Associate Justice on State Court of Appeals in California.

JUDGE CHARLES E. MOYLAN, JR. is a retired Judge sitting on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, where he has served for over three decades.

JUSTICE PAUL TURNER is on the Presiding Judge for Division 5 of California Court of Appeal, Second District.
J. FREDERIC VOROS, JR. is Chief of the Appeals Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

DONALD J. ZELENKA is an Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Capital and Collateral Litigation in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina.

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