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Monthly Archives: May 2011

What to do When You Get to Write the Order

Posted in Writing

This week’s theme has been orders. Every now and them, you are lucky enough to win. And when you’re even luckier, you get to prepare the winning order. Sometimes, though, you get asked to draft an order, and your opponent does, too. Drafting an order in that situation is a little tricky, because you have… Continue Reading

Bryan Garner’s SCOTUS Interviews Now Available in Print

Posted in Writing

It is now the talk of the appellate bar nationwide. Bryan Garner has recently released transcripts of his interviews with 8 United States Supreme Court Justices. If you plan on doing any legal writing (whether it’s before the SCOTUS, another appellate court, or any where else), you need to download the interviews, available at The Scribes… Continue Reading

Judge Beverly Martin Provides Picture of the Perfect Oral Argument

Posted in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Oral Argument

Judge Beverly Martin of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals spoke to the Georgia Bar’s Appellate Practice Section yesterday on the subject of “What Makes an Effective Appellate Advocate.” More specifically, her focus was on effective oral argument. I’ve heard many talks on this topic, and I read about it all the time. I even write… Continue Reading

Third Circuit: Mere Physical Proximity of Guns to Drugs Not Enough for Sentencing Enhancement

Posted in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, News

Caroline Vodzak  reports at Vodzaklegal that the Third Circuit has found that mere spatial proximity of guns to drugs is not sufficient to enhance a defendant’s sentence of drug possession without a specific finding of fact that the gun “facilitated or had the potential for facilitating the possession of drugs.”  Mr. West was caught in… Continue Reading