Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing (WA)

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

This seminar will show you how to draft a clear, persuasive appellate brief in both federal and state appellate courts.

The seminar includes writing exercises to let you try out the skills you will learn and get immediate feedback.

Many judges no longer hear oral argument for appellate cases; written advocacy has never been more important.

Aimed at the attorney new to appellate litigation, even experienced appellate practitioners gain valuable insight into effective legal writing from the perspective of long-term appellate court attorneys.

This seminar will provide concrete and practical tips for writing a persuasive appellate brief from the cover page to the conclusion.



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What You Will Learn

  • How to minimize the time you spend drafting an appellate brief
  • How to please the three audiences for every brief
  • How to present the facts to tell your client’s story
  • Why the standard of review is important
  • How to improve your argument headings
  • Why you should give the court a clear road map of your argument
  • How to structure and develop winning arguments
  • How to avoid some common pitfalls in using legal authority
  • Why the format and mechanics of an appellate brief matter
  • How to use the conclusion to get what you want
  • Tips for more effective writing
  • How to edit your own writing and the writing of others


“The BEST writing CLE I have ever attended! The appellate ‘insider knowledge’ made this CLE extremely valuable.” Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“The particular combination of speakers was excellent to make a broad topic relevant to any practitioners. The depth of knowledge was amazing. Normally, I would have to go to 2-3 CLEs to get the variety of insight and compare information from various jurisdictions.” Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

“This was the best legal seminar I have attended. The material was topical, well-presented and entertaining.” Guy Stilson, Esq.

“I have not filed/written an appeal for 15 years. I wanted the nuts & bolts. [Speakers] provided this in an interesting and informative manner.” Chris Schaefer, Esq.

“Good coverage of topic. Speakers had relevant, helpful insights.”

“Awesome! The first CLE I have been to where all the info was helpful and the presenters held my attention throughout.” Inge Fordham, Esq.

“Excellent program with comprehensive course material. I found this very helpful and was impressed with the high quality of this seminar. The faculty was extremely knowledgable. This course exceeded my expectations.” Alice Peiler, Esq.

“Far exceeded expectations. Concise, well presented and very helpful.” Robert V. Cohune, Esq.

“Excellent job by both lecturers. Enjoyed the presentation very much. No wasted time.” Maureen Pacheco, Esq.

“Not only did I learn tips crucial for appellate brief writing, I learned tips that are crucial to trial brief writing!” Jully Pae, Esq.

“This program was really as nearly perfect as any I’ve ever attended.” Tyna Orren, Esq.

“Our firm has experienced a recent rise in appeals – the subject matter is helpful and informative.” Inge Fordham, Esq.

“Both speakers were very strong.” Mitchell Abbott, Esq.

“100% delivery of the goods!”

“Very clear, engaging, enthusiastic.”

“Highly satisfied!”

“The only good legal seminar I have attended since I became an attorney eight years ago.”

“Both speakers were outstanding! Their positions/authority gave them gravitas, but they offered great clarity and humor as well.”

“One of the best I’ve attended.”

“The program made drafting an appellate brief seem doable.”

“These guys were awesome. Very organized. Very straightforward. Very informative. Also very interesting.”

“The written materials were fantastic!”

“The presentation of materials was effective and easy to follow.”

“I have not previously filed an appellate brief but feel more confident in my ability to draft and file my first brief.”

“All were very good speakers and worked well together in teaching the class. The offering of different opions was also nice to hear. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.”

“The presenters went into great detail which I sought from this CLE.”

“All presenters were great. Informative and insightful.”

“This was the most effective team teaching I’ve ever witnessed. These guys work together brilliantly, playing off of each other, and moving through lots of material in a lively and engaging fashion.” Robin Campbell, Esq.

“The seminar was very well organized and direct in addressing how the techniques would lead to a desirable outcome when used, and the consideration as to why they work.”

“Excellent program, excellent speakers.”

“[Greg] was articulate, had [an] effective way of deliverance, well-informed on the topics discussed.”

“[Paul] was organized, well-informed, gave interesting recent cases/examples and interacted well with Greg and the audience.”

“Good review of basic appellate brief writing. Very clear-hit all important points. Lots of good tips. Both were good speakers.”

“Overall, a really good seminar. Very engaging speakers.” Jane Reid

“Both presenters are excellent. Presentations were clear, concise, and easy to follow.”

“Great examples-never a dull moment during the presentation.”

“Taught me some new things I will definitely use in my next brief. Great speakers for clarity.”

“Absolutely consummate professionals.”

“I am brushing up on my appellate briefing skills to write my first such brief in many years – this was excellent & my confidence is restored!”

“The speakers make an effective team.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. I thought it was well organized and well thought out / practiced. [The speakers] have great chemistry in giving a joint presentation.”


Paul Keller, Esq.
Supervising Attorney
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Paul Keller is a Supervising Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he has served for more than twenty years.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches Legal Writing & Research, Moot Court, and Appellate Advocacy.  Previously, Mr. Keller served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit during his term as Chief Judge.  Mr. Keller received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1986.

Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.

Theodore A. Myhre, Esq.
Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law
Former Law Clerk, WA Supreme Court

Professor Theodore Myhre teaches Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, Contract Negotiations and Drafting, Pre-Trial Motions Practice, Public Interest Practicum:  LGBT Youth Project, Judicial Clerkship Practicum, Advanced Civil Procedure, Client Counseling, and the freshman discovery seminar, Law and Social Justice: Landmark Cases in Civil Rights.

Prior to joining the University of Washington School of Law, Professor Myhre served as a Visiting Professor of Legal Writing at Seattle University School of Law.  He has also served as an Acting Staff Attorney for the Washington State Supreme Court, a Managing Partner of McGlothin Myhre, PLLP, an Associate of Corr Cronin, LLP, Law Clerk to Justice Charles Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court, and Judicial Extern to Judge Thomas S. Zilly of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.

Professor Myhre’s practice areas include trial and appellate litigation, alternative dispute resolution, employment law, business law, family law, and civil rights law.  He holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, an M.A. in History from Boston College, an M.A. in Modern European Intellectual History from Drew University, a Certificate in Language and Civilization from the University of Paris, and an interdisciplinary B.A. from The Evergreen State College. 

Professor Myhre believes strongly in experiential learning and serves as the faculty supervisor/head coach of the International Commercial Arbitration Competition team.  He acted as an arbitrator for the 2009 VIS East competition in Hong Kong and as judge for the final round of the last two Falkner appellate competitions.  Additionally, professor Myhre regularly supervises judicial externs, as well as provides supporting lectures and workshops to further support students in their clerkship application process.


Audio Course Material Package Download: $425

Audio Course Material Package CD: $425, plus $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

CLE Credit

This program is no longer pre-approved for CLE units in IL. However, you may still submit it on your own and we will provide back up as needed and it got great reviews so you don’t want to miss it!

Upon request, we will assist attorneys in asking for CLE credit in other states.

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 $7.50 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.


$425.00 each

June 26, 2009  |  Seattle, WA