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Principles of Appellate Advocacy

Daniel P. Selmi


  • ISBN: 9781454813309

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    Written by acclaimed appellate lawyer and professor Daniel Selmi, Principles of Appellate Advocacy concentrates exclusively on a few rules and principles that are essential to writing clear appellate briefs and oral arguments. Designed for students preparing their first appellate arguments, as well as those who struggle with the writing process, this concise, student-friendly text helps students identify core principles at issue, frame their arguments from an appellate judge’s perspective, and write clear, compelling briefs and oral arguments.

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    Page Count 224
    Published 08/13/2013
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    Summary of Contents

    Ch. 1. The Three Over-Arching Principles of Appellate Advocacy

    Ch. 2. The Decision to Appeal: The Initial Steps

    Ch. 3. An Overview of the Appellate Brief

    Ch. 4. The Standard of Review

    Ch. 5. The Statement of Issues

    Ch. 6. The Prelude: The Statement of Facts and the Procedural History

    Ch. 7. The Road Map: Point Headings

    Ch. 8. Building the Heart of the Argument: Cases, Statutes, and Transitions

    Ch. 9. The Writing Rules and Other Mechanics

    Ch. 10. Editing and Finalizing the Brief

    Ch. 11. Oral Argument

  • Author Information

    Daniel Selmi

    While in law school, Daniel Selmi was comments editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Selmi was appointed a deputy attorney general for the State of California, serving from 1976-83 in the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law Sections. A lecturer at the University of California Irvine in 1979-80 and an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 1981-83, he joined Loyola's full- time faculty in 1983 and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1990-93. He has also served as reporter to the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Central District of California, and during the 1993-94 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C.
    Professor Selmi is co-editor of the six volume treatise, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice and co-author of the casebook Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials . Over his career he has briefed over 30 appellate cases involving environmental and land use law, and he argued over 20 of those in the appellate court, including three in the California Supreme Court. He coaches the Law School 's student teams entered in the annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Negotiation Competition.
    Professor Selmi has been a panelist on numerous occasions at the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Conference at Yosemite . He has also been a panelist at both the Annual California Land Use Law and Planning Conference and the Los Angeles County Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual &"Super-Symposium”. Most recently, he was a panelist at the First and Second Annual &"Little NEPA” Conferences, sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has been a regular lecturer at the &"Western Environmental Boot Camp,” sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, which educates new practitioners in the field of environmental law.

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