This course is designed to teach students the rules and formalities of appellate practice and help students develop the skills necessary to write an effective appellate brief and present a persuasive oral argument. During the first semester students research and write an appellate brief and engage in short in-class oral arguments. During the second semester students receive instruction on the organization and presentation of longer oral arguments, engage in a practice oral round and receive an individualized critique of their performance. They complete the course by competing in the Dunmore Moot Court Tournament, which culminates in a final round oral argument before sitting judges in the spring.
Prof. Christian Grostic is a Research and Writing Attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. He is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Prof. Melissa Ghrist is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.
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