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Apr 28, 2022 Robin Meadow
CLE Panel Featuring GMSR’s Robin Meadow: Appellate Oral Argument: Philosophy, Preparation, Presentation, and Rebuttal
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
    • DATE:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
    • TIME:  1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST
    • Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, April 29, 2022


This CLE course will provide appellate counsel with techniques for persuading appellate judges during oral argument, including how to handle remote/video arguments. The panel of appellate specialists will discuss the key goals of oral argument and how to prepare for and present the argument, as well as review post-argument matters such as whether to file supplemental briefing and review the recording.


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Oral argument on appeal is a wholly different exercise from the trial level argument, and remote/video appellate arguments differ from in-person appearances. Even the best and most experienced trial lawyers can falter when presenting an appellate argument because they don’t always fully appreciate what the appellate panel expects or needs to hear. Also, unlike trial level argument, in an appeal, oral argument is counsel’s only chance for direct contact with the appellate judges–the only chance to focus the panel on the most important issues in the case, clear up any misunderstandings, and possibly sway an appellate justice’s thinking.


Topic Outline


    1. Purposes of oral appellate argument
    2. Preparation
    3. Video/remote presentations
    4. Presentation
    5. Post-argument matters




The panel will review these and other key issues:

      • Identifying goals
      • Incorporating appellate perspectives when developing the argument and countering opposing precedent
      • Honing your presentation to maximize your potential for success
      • Anticipating and leveraging opposing arguments
      • Preparing to respond to judges’ questions