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2016 Appellate Advocacy Seminar

SPONSORED BY THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF THE FIFTH FEDERAL CIRCUIT and BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL


Program Chair: Winston DeCuir
10.25 hours of CLE – Cost: $150.00
September 26 and 27, 2016
PAN AM CONFERENCE CENTER
601 POYDRAS ST. 11TH FLOOR
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
Register – www.baffc.org


Monday, September 26, 2016

8:45 – 9:10am- Registration

9:15 am – Opening Remarks – Winston DeCuir, President, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

9:30 – 11:45 – Writing Workshop. “Improving Your Appellate Brief (3 Tips to Make Each Part of Your Brief Memorable and Effective). (slideshow) In this workshop, Baylor Professors Scott Fraley and Greg White will be presenting tips on how to improve your brief writing. – Professor Scott Fraley and Professor Greg White, Baylor University.  (15 minute Break at 10:30).

LUNCH

1:00 –1:30 pm – The Appellate Mediation Program and The Internal Review and Screening Process for Civil and Criminal Cases.  Learn how the Court conducts its Internal Review and Screeing Process for your case and when the Appellate Mediation Program may benefit your case.  Vikram Chandhok, Conference Attorney, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Mike Schneider, Staff Attorney, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

1:30 – 2:00 pm – The Clerk’s Office. Chief Deputy Clerk, Thomas Plunkett, will detail the steps your appeal goes through to get to Oral Argument.  Thomas Plunkett, Chief Deputy Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Current Issues in Criminal Law  – a review of the current cases in Criminal Law that are relevant to today’s appeals.  Timothy Crooks, Supervisory Asst. Fed. Public Defender, Southern District of Texas Houston, TX

OR

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Current Issues in Civil Law – a review of the current cases in Civil Law that are relevant to today’s appeals.   Walter Woodruff, Edward S. Bopp Law Firm, Editor of the BAFFC Daily Commentary New Orleans, LA

3:00 – 4:00 pm Professionalism  – the Ethics of Negotiations for Appellate Attorneys. Mike Rubin, McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge, LA

JOIN US FOR A HAPPY HOUR AFTER THE PROGRAM AT PETE’S PUB, FIRST FLOOR OF THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL, 444 ST. CHARLES AVE., NEW ORLEANS, LA

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

John Minor Wisdom Courthouse

600 Camp Street, Room 206

New Orleans, LA 70130

Summaries of Issues, September 27, 2016

9:00 – 11:45 Oral Argument Observation and Critique

Observe regularly scheduled oral arguments. Stay in the Courtroom to hear critiques of the arguments. After the arguments, attorneys will critique the arguments given in Court.

East Courtroom: Don Richard, Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo , New Orleans, LA; Sidney Powell, Attorney at Law, Dallas, TX

En Banc Courtroom: Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Travis, PLLC, Jackson, Mississippi; Allison Jones, Downer, Jones, Marino & Wilhite, Shreveport, LA

OR

Pan Am Conference Center
601 Poydras St., 11th Floor
New Orleans, LA  70130

9:00 – 11:45  Supreme Court Practice Tips and Supreme Court Review/Preview

The panel will review the important cases scheduled at the Supreme Court as well as the important cases that were decided in 2016.

Professor David C. Frederick, Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, PLLC; Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Law School University of Texas, Austin, TX and

Aaron Streett, Chairman, Supreme Court and Constitutional Law Practice, Baker Botts, LLP

Moderator:   Tim Crooks, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston, TX

11:45 Lunch in the Great Hall: Enjoy lunch in the historic Great Hall of the John Minor Wisdom Courthouse with Fifth Circuit Judges and Court Executives, Case Managers, and Conference Attorneys.

12:55 Walk to Pan Am Center, 601 Poydras St., 11th Floor

1:00 – 2:00 pm Nuts and Bolts of Oral Argument and Brief Writing : Judges Discull Effective Oral Argument Practice and Brief Writing.

Honorable Jennifer Elrod, U.S. Circuit Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorable Catharina Haynes, U.S. Circuit Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorable James Graves, U.S. Circuit Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Moderator – Winston DeCuir, Jr.

2:00 – 3:00 pm  – The Attorney’s Perspective on Briefs and Oral Argument:  Attorneys Discuss Effective Oral Argument Practices and Brief Writing

Timothy Crooks, Supervisory Asst. Fed. Public Defender, Houston, TX

Allison Jones, Downer, Jones, Marino & Wilhite, LLC Shreveport, LA

Don M. Richard, Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo, New Orleans, LA

3:00 – 4:00 pm  – The Ethics of Appellate Practice – Marianne Auld, Chair of Appellate Section, Kelly Hart, Fort Worth, TX

Dismissal – Winston DeCuir, Jr. – President of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.