Appellate Advocacy Academy

MCLE Credits: 9.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 / Charlottesville SOLD OUT
Registration: 9:15 a.m. on August 4
Program: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. on August 4
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on August 5
MCLE Credit: 9.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 9.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 9.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)

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Why Attend?

  • Don’t miss this opportunity for two days of hands-on training in written and oral appellate advocacy from some of the most experienced appellate attorneys in Virginia, judges from the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justices from the Supreme Court of Virginia

This program is now sold out. If you would like to be added to a wait list to register, please email John at jrotman@vacle.org.

Limited to 24 participants!

On January 1, 2022, Virginia became the last state to allow appeals of right to the Court of Appeals of Virginia in almost all cases. This dramatic shift means that many attorneys will find themselves with the ability to file a direct appeal from the trial court for the first time. This course is designed to give you hands-on training in appellate advocacy from some of the most experienced appellate attorneys in Virginia, judges from the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justices from the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Besides receiving instruction on how to improve your oral arguments, legal writing, and research skills, each participant will draft a brief and participate in mock oral arguments with individualized feedback on both the written and oral arguments from the faculty of attorneys and judges. (You will need to submit a 15-20-page brief by Friday, July 29. You will receive the case information necessary to prepare your brief and first oral arguments on Friday, July 15.)

Participants will also hear from a panel of state and federal appellate judges and get a perspective from the bench on effective arguments from those who make the decisions.

This seminar is not eligible for discounts.

 
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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

9:15 Registration
9:45 Program Introduction, Faculty Introduction
9:55 Written Argument Instruction


Instruction will include the basics of writing briefs, preparing for special cases, writing skills, and legal research.

11:45 Lunch (provided at program)
12:30 Written Argument Instruction (continued)
1:30 Written Argument Interview with Coach


Attendees will have a 30-minute, one-on-one session with a faculty member who will have reviewed the brief they submitted prior to the program. They will receive personalized feedback and be able to ask questions on brief writing.

2:30 Break
2:45 Introduction to Mock Oral Arguments
2:50 Mock Oral Arguments #1


Attendees will participate in demonstrations and receive hands-on instruction in giving oral arguments.

4:30 Review and Closing Remarks
4:45 Adjourn

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

9:00 Oral Argument Instruction


Instruction will include basic and advanced topics in preparing and delivering oral arguments in appeals.

10:30 Break
10:45 Judges Panel


Attendees will hear from a panel of appellate judges on their dos and don’ts when it comes to both written and oral arguments.

12:15 Lunch (provided at program)
1:00 Mock Oral Arguments #2


Attendees will participate in demonstrations and receive hands-on instruction in giving oral arguments.

2:30 Break
2:45 Oral Argument Demonstration


Two faculty members will give an oral argument demonstration, providing instruction and insights as to their arguments and strategies.

3:45 Group Instruction on Oral Argument Demonstration / Final Questions


Attendees will receive further instruction from the faculty based on the oral argument demonstration. They will also have an opportunity to ask any final questions they have regarding any aspect of appellate advocacy.

4:15 Closing Remarks
4:30 Adjourn

Faculty

FACULTY

Hon. Marla Graff Decker, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Toby J. Heytens, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit / Richmond
Hon. D. Arthur Kelsey, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Lisa Lorish, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Charlottesville
Hon. Mary Malveaux, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Stephen R. McCullough, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Stuart A. Raphael, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Wesley G. Russell, Jr., Court of Appeals of Virginia / Richmond
L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, PC / Virginia Beach
John P. O’Herron, ThompsonMcMullan PC / Richmond
Michelle Kallen, Office of General Counsel / Washington, DC
S. Virginia Bondurant Price, McGuireWoods / Richmond
George Somerville (Ret.), Harmon, Claytor, Corrigan, and Wellman / Richmond
Norman A. Thomas, Norman A. Thomas, PLLC / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

REGISTRATION FEE

$995 regular registration (lunch included both days)

LIVE LOCATION AND DATE

CHARLOTTESVILLE / Thursday, August 4 AND Friday, August 5
University of Virginia Darden School of Business (Venue Website / Google Map)
100 Darden Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Virginia CLE® will provide live-on-site attendees a 50% discount off any single Virginia CLE® publication purchased at the seminar site. Additionally, live-on-site attendees will receive a coupon code for 50% off any single publication of their choice, which will be shared with live-on-site attendees at the seminar and in an email the day after the program. The code will expire two weeks after the seminar date.


REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Materials for the program pre-work will be available on Friday, July 15, so to receive the case information necessary to submit your brief by Friday, July 29, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.


Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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