This book reveals the inside secrets from one of the country’s leading Supreme Court advocates about how to prepare to argue in court. Chapters in this book include organizing an approach to preparation, handling the wide range of questions judges ask, honing openings, basic approaches to presenting argument, common mistakes, and attributes of the best advocates. Throughout, the author illustrates points with examples from real cases. It is ideal for first-year writing and advocacy programs, for upper-level appellate advocacy courses and clinics, for moot court competitions, and as a review resource for attorneys.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 03/11/2019
Related Subject(s): Appellate Advocacy

David C. Frederick, University of Texas School of Law


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The new edition contains cutting-edge examples of how to conduct effective oral argument. New sections address learning styles and draw upon literature from neuroscience and psychology on mastery of information and presentation. This edition also includes new analysis on interruptions in arguments, new approaches to rebuttals and multi-party coordinated arguments, and strategies for avoiding losing control of the advocate’s agenda. In the appendix, there are new illustrative examples. Throughout, the author offers more nuanced and refined insights, drawing on his more than 50 arguments in the Supreme Court.

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