Five Ways to Impress, Five Ways to Depress an Appellate Judge

Joseph P. Sullivan, of counsel to Holland & Knight and a former Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, in New York, writes: Appellate advocacy is an art, not shared by every lawyer solely as a result of legal training or even practical legal experience. Effective appellate advocacy is a specialty, the key to which, as in every aspect of the law, is thorough preparation.

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