What Judges Want2018-11-16T01:01:05+00:00

Survey of Judges

Have you ever wondered about the advocacy preferences of appellate judges? What do they like or dislike? What would they prefer me to do? I wondered too and asked about 200 state and federal appellate court judges 86 questions in 7 different categories to find out. A sample of my results is below. For other more analysis of the results, please browse my published articles. I also post results at the end of every week on Linkedin.

Structural Elements of Briefs

A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings

Writing Style and Advocacy

Use of Authority and the Record

A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings

Typography of Briefs

Physical Characteristics of Appellate Work Product

A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings

Frequency of Certain Errors

A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings
A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings
A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings
A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings
A summary of argument should not just simply repeat issue headings

Oral Argument

Judges often find oral arguments helpful
Judges appreciate a candid response
Oral argument is more effective when narrowly focused
It bothers me when counsel uses oral argument simply to reiterate points raided in the brief