4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (Civil) (WA) (2019) (AV)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

Below and in our various tabs are all you need to know about our 4th Annual program, but don’t forget, in 2020 we have our 5th Annual Advanced Appellate program – online due to Covid-19. For more information, click here.

We have again gathered an all-star panel together for its 4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference in Seattle, Washington on October 11, 2019. This program will be taught by a sitting Washington Supreme Court Justice as well as a former Washington Supreme Court Justice (in practice), appellate commissioners, and top-notch practitioners who have spoken at our programs on many occasions and received excellent reviews every time!

This is an intermediate to advanced level appellate course.

And don’t miss our other Annual WA Advanced Appellate Programs:

Prior programs are also available, year by year, or as a bundle and are all on sale now:  

1st – 4th Annual Adv. Appellate Audio Packages 
40% off download packages through September 11th.
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Or, for a limited time, get all four programs in one Bundle for only $649 and save $1050!!


And, don’t forget, right now we have a few remaining prior Advanced Appellate conference CD packages on clearance from $25 – $50.
While supplies last, new orders only.
This clearance sale applies to CD packages only. If you cannot order one in a CD format, it means it has sold out.



The recording date for our 4th Annual Advanced Appellate program is October 11, 2019. The audio package, with seminar materials, will be available two to three weeks after the program.

Did you want to attend? Please click here for the live registration page.

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What You Will Learn

Brief Writing Part 1

  • Conducting research specific to the appellate briefing process
  • Techniques for constructing a brief of respondent/appellee or reply brief

Brief Writing Part 2 and Oral Argument: Pet peeves from the bench

  • What not to do — oral argument
  • What not to do — brief writing
  • Effective use of legislative history on appeal
  • Advanced brief writing tips – things not every practitioner knows
  • Practice brief writing exercises
  • Improving fact statements
  • The limits of judicial notice
  • Responding to self-represented litigants

Attorney fees and costs: Challenging and preserving trial court awards and seeking fees and costs on appeal

Top 10 tips for Trial Counsel to get issues decided on appeal

Critical Appellate Cases of 2018 – 2019

  • Most important cases decided in 2018 – 2019
  • Important cases pending before the Supreme Court

Commissioners give a behind the scenes look at the appellate court

  • Motions for Discretionary Review
  • Oral argument in front of commissioners v. panel

Ethics Challenges

  • RPC 1.1 on competence;
  • RPC 1.2 on limitation of representation;
  • RPC 1.3 on diligence;
  • RPC 1.4 on communication;
  • RPC 1.7 on conflicts;
  • RPC 3.1 on meritorious claims;
  • RPC 3.3 on candor with the tribunal;
  • RPC 1.16 on withdrawal.
  • Ghostwriting


These testimonials are from this year’s 4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference:

“All the Pincus events I’ve attended have been excellent. It’s very good. Excellent CLE.” – Anna Samuel, Esq.

“Very good seminar. High-level information provided.” – Scott Samuelson, Esq.

“Great conference. Fantastic content. Everything was relevant.”

“The seminar is excellent. All topics were useful.”

“The writing section in the morning was incredibly helpful. There are so few appellate trainings that apply to criminal practice. I was particularly excited this one addressed brief writing and oral argument. It was helpful to have Judge Stephens’ perspective – good information on how to present written argument to the court. Sidney Tribe offered concise and helpful information. Good information from the commissioners.”

“Satisfied general knowledge, ‘behind the curtain’ information. Practice tips from the current justice were very useful. Very useful information on Critical Appellate Cases.”

“The seminar is excellent.”

“I wanted to learn more specifics and I did. Judge Stephens’ insights on practical matters were great. Phil Talmadge’s style was really good.”

“The writing section in the morning was incredibly helpful.”

“Very knowledgeable speaker.”

“Dynamic presentation.”

“Very helpful insights.”

“Very helpful.”

“Very practical and useful information.”


The following testimonials were from our previous advanced appellate conferences:

“This was the best CLE I’ve attended in recent memory. It ticked every box I wanted.” – Sharon Blackford, Esq.

“High-level appellate practice seminars with this level of trainers is hard to find.” – Michael Lynch, Esq.

“Very useful, well-presented, excellent content. Very relevant. I used to work in appeals and now am a public defender. I love Pincus CLEs…Your CLEs are always well-organized, filled with useful and relevant content. I have attended others and really enjoyed them. Thank you.” – Anna Samuel, Esq.

“Valuable insight from the Court.” – Joseph Jackson, Esq.

“My expectations were satisfied/exceeded. I really found this seminar to be enjoyable and useful.” – Tim Higgs, Esq.

“Helpful to hear from judges and commissioners.” – Jennifer Freeman, Esq.

“Good job!” – Stephen K. Eugster, Esq.

“Excellent seminar overall. Great content.” – Christopher Kerley, Esq.

“Good program.” – Garth Jones, Esq.

“My personal objectives were well satisfied because I have done a lot of appeal work.” – Jerome C. Scowcroft, Esq.

“I really appreciated Judge Stephens’ input and perspective.”

“Great! Judge Stephens was the best speaker of the day with the most practical advice.”

“Overall, very satisfied…great program…Ken Masters taught good, masterful guru stuff. Highly relevant.” – Michael E. Johnston, Esq.

“Judge Stephens’ insight was illuminating.”

“I loved this seminar and learned a lot.”

“Michael King is a great speaker.”

“I’m always amazed by the clarity and helpfulness of Judge Stephens’ comments. Michael King was a great speaker for the afternoon. I’ve never been at a training where this specific topic (raising issues on appeal and issue selection) was addressed so specifically. Very helpful. I appreciated the depths that the presenters went into on these topics.”

“Very helpful CLE. I’m very thankful for the nuts and bolts comments describing what is helpful to judges.”

“Excellent course! Extremely useful insight from Judge Stephens. Michael King is an excellent speaker.”

“Very good appellate CLE.”

“The practice pointers and insights were more than worth the day’s investment.”

“Enjoyed the writing and oral argument sessions – very practical and useful.”

“Commissioner Bearse offered great input and practical information. I enjoyed her presentations. Commissioner Schmidt is informative and knowledgeable. Talmadge presents boring rules in an interesting, informative manner.”

“Lots of useful information and top quality speakers.”

“It was a very good CLE. Thank you.”

“Great course. I’ve been to several day-long courses. This was the first where I wasn’t bored…Excellent course! The contrasting views of the ethics discussion was really great. It was an excellent way to address the topic.”

“Even having handled a number of appeals, I still learned a lot of new, excellent information.”

“Great ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight.”

“I received a lot of useful information. Judge Stephens and the Commissioners were very helpful. Solid advice from Ken Masters. Well-prepared.”

“Judge Stephens’ portion of the CLE was the most insightful.”

“Michael King did a nice job moderating. Informative presentation.”

“John Strait gave very helpful, incisive comments regarding ethical aspects of non-record citation.”


Hon. Debra L. Stephens
Washington State Supreme Court

Justice Debra L. Stephens has been a member of the Washington State Supreme Court since January 1, 2008. She previously served as a judge on Division Three of the Court of Appeals, and is the first judge from that court to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the first woman from Eastern Washington to do so. A native of Spokane, Washington, Justice Stephens practiced law and taught as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University School of Law prior to taking the bench. She appeared over 125 times in the Washington State Supreme Court, in addition to appearances in the Idaho Supreme Court, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as counsel of record in the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Stephens is a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and co-chairs its Education Committee. She is also a member of the Washington Council on Public Legal Education, and volunteers at youth and access to justice events across the state.  In addition, she chairs the Judiciary’s Annual Conference Committee, and serves on the Board for Judicial Administration’s Court Education Committee.  Nationally, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI), and chairs NCSI’s Center for Graduate and Professional Judicial Science Education. She is also a judicial convener for “Dividing the Waters,” an organization supporting judicial education on water law issues, as well as a member of the National Association of Women Judges and its Judicial Independence Committee, and has participated in training for judges in Ukraine on issues of judicial independence and the rule of law. Justice Stephens received the “Myra Bradwell Award” from the Gonzaga Women’s Law Caucus in 2007-08, the “Leadership & Justice Award” from MAMAS (Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle) in 2009, the 2011 “Distinguished Judicial Service Award” from Gonzaga University School of Law, and the 2014 “President’s Award” from Washington Women Lawyers.

Justice Stephens is married and has two children.  She enjoys skiing, golfing, tennis, and spending time with family.

Commissioner Mary Neel
Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1

Mary is a Commissioner at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 in Seattle, WA. Prior to her appointment in 2002, she served as a staff attorney at the court for 17 years and a law clerk for two years for the Late Honorable T. Patrick Corbett. While a law student, she was a law clerk in the Seattle Office of the United States Attorney and a Rule 9 intern at the juvenile division of the Seattle Public Defender. Her law career was preceded by 5 years as a public school teacher. J.D., 1983, Seattle University School of Law; M.Ed., 1973, University of Washington; B.A., 1972, Lewis and Clark College.

Mary lives in Seattle with her husband. She enjoys cooking, gardening, singing, sports, and spending time with friends and her large family.

Howard M. Goodfriend, Esq.
Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

HOWARD M. GOODFRIEND is a principal in the Seattle firm of Smith Goodfriend, P.S., Seattle’s oldest appellate boutique. Howard has argued hundreds of civil appeals in almost every substantive area of the law, representing publicly traded companies, small family businesses, professionals, state and local government, hospitals, and individuals. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Washington State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Deskbook and author of the Appellate Practice chapter of the King County Bar Association’s Washington Lawyers Practice Manual. Howard is a past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is a founding member and past president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as one of Washington’s top ten appellate lawyers and top 100 lawyers.


Jeffrey T. Kestle, Esq.
Forsberg & Umlauf P.S.

 Jeff’s practice focuses on the defense of lawyers in malpractice claims and grievances. He is a current member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. He received his B.A. from Pomona College and his J.D. from the University of Washington.

Michael B. King, Esq.
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

Michael B. King, a principal, came to the firm in 2008 with Greg Miller to join Jim Lobsenz and Jason Anderson in forming the firm’s uniquely experienced appellate group. Mr. King has focused exclusively on appellate litigation for over twenty years, and his practice is national in scope. He has represented clients before the Alaska, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Washington Supreme Courts, the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, as well as all divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals and has presented over 140 arguments to full merits panels. He is a former partner in the firm of Lane Powell, where for ten years he co-chaired the firm’s appellate practice group.

Mr. King is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state in the area of appellate law for every year since 2001. He has been selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of the best appellate lawyers in Washington State every year since the inaugural listing in 2007. He has held an "AV" Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 1998. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

Philip Talmadge, Esq.

Phil Talmadge is a former Washington Supreme Court Justice. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Washington State Appellate Lawyers Association.  Phil has been named Super Lawyer in Washington Law & Politics and was a Washington State Senator. 

He practices exclusively in the areas of Appellate Law and Attorney Ethics.  Phil received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Washington and has been an attorney since 1976.

Sidney C. Tribe, Esq.

Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

Sidney grew up in Spokane and Seattle, and graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University in 1994 with a B.A. in English Literature. At Willamette she was a G. Herbert Smith Scholar and two-time recipient of the Dona Adams Rothwell Award. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington in 2002, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review and President of the Moot Court Honor Board. She is also a member of the Order of the Barristers.

Sidney was fortunate to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable William Baker at the Washington State Court of Appeals Division I from 2005 to 2007. Before joining Carney Badley Spellman, she was a partner at Talmadge/Fitzpatrick focusing primarily on appellate practice. 

Sidney is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and Washington Women Lawyers.  She has done pro bono work for the Unemployment Law Project, the King County Bar Association Newcomer’s Project, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Program.  She has also been a Director at Facing the Future, a nonprofit that helps teachers integrate global issues into their core curriculum.  Sidney’s incredible husband Mick is a geographer/GIS business analyst, and they have two adorable dogs, Tazzy and Jake.


Audio Recording & Seminar Materials Package – CD or Download format: $425

For CDs please add $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

CLE Credit

WA General: This program is approved for 5.75 general and .75 ethics CLE in Washington through October 10, 2024.

CA General:  This program is approved for 6.5 units of general, including .75 ethics CLE in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.


Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $8.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$425.00 each

Recorded October 2019.