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How to Argue Motions and Appeals Persuasively

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: March 30, 2022
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  • How to prepare for oral argument of motions
  • How to structure oral argument of motions
  • How to draft and distill your oral argument to its essence
  • How to practice your oral argument
  • How to enhance your persuasiveness in court
  • How to deal with nerves in court
  • How to answer judges’ questions, including those seeking concessions
  • How to argue on appeal, as appellant and as appellee
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: March 30, 2022

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys (non-transitional)


To succeed as a trial lawyer, you need to know how to argue motions and appeals. This seminar will enhance your skills in arguing motions and appeals in person and remotely.

This program was recorded on March 30th, 2022.

Provided By

American Bar Association
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Stewart I Edelstein

Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law
Yale Law School

Stewart Edelstein lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Lynn. He has been a trial lawyer for 40 years. He is the author of two books, Dubious Doublets: A Delightful Compendium of Unlikely Word Pairs of Common Origin, from Aardvark/Porcelain to Zodiac/Whiskey (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer (American Bar Association), as well as numerous articles in professional journals for lawyers. He is on the board of the Stockbridge Land Trust and of the Literacy Network of Southern Berkshire and has served on boards of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfield Historical Society.

He is a graduate of Oberlin College (1970) and Cornell Law School (1973). He taught at Yale Law School for 20 years, and in the Spring of 2015, he taught his first OLLI course on etymology. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Cornell Law School, where he was on the moot court team. At Stanford Law School, he completed the Advanced Course in Trial Advocacy, and at Harvard Law School, he completed the Teacher Training Program, both under the auspices of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

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