Best Practices for Appellate Brief Writing: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar

Legal Area:        Appellate Civil Trial Litigation Criminal Practice Skills Labor Employment Personal Injury Ethics
Session END DATE:        09/30/2024
Total CLE Hours:        1.00
Ethics Hrs Included:        0.25
Registration Fee:        $20.00
Information:         ONLY $10

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Honorable Brett Busby, Supreme Court of Texas, and Lucy Forbes offer insightful advice, helpful tips, and best practices for Appellate Brief Writing. This course features streaming video and downloadable audio presentations from a CLE seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on February 4, 2022. Some of the topics include:

  • How to Draft Reader-friendly Briefs for Computer and Paper Readers

  • Effective Use of the Briefs Sections

  • Tips For Persuasive Writing

  • Candor to the Court & Professionalism

  • Effective Use of Citations

  • Use of Binding Versus Persuasive Authorities

  • Highlights from the Standards for Appellate Conduct from the Texas Supreme Court and the Disciplinary Rules

  • Consulting the Appellate Court’s Internal Operating Procedures and Local Rules

  • Speakers:

    Honorable Brett Busby, Supreme Court of Texas. After graduating with high honors from Duke University and Columbia Law School, Justice Busby served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White (Ret.) and John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. In private practice, Busby represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Texas, and federal and state appellate courts. Super Lawyers Magazine named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas in 2012, and Chambers and Partners recognized him as a leading Texas appellate lawyer. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School, where he helped teach the U.S. Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. More information may be found on Texas Judicial Branch's website.

    Lucy Forbes, The Forbes Firm, PLLC. Ms. Forbes has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in Civil Appeals since 2012, and received this honor again in 2021. Houstonia Magazine has also selected her as a Top Appellate Lawyer.  More information may be found on her firm's website.


    This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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