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LITIGATION Winter 1999 Volume 25 Number 2 3 From the Bench Convincing a Federal Court of Appeals I have been a federal appellate judge for more than sixteen years. During that time I have heard more than 3,000 oral arguments and—because we do not grant argument in every case—read a good many more than 3,000 sets of briefs. And although I can speak only for myself on the subject of what is convincing and what is not in appellate briefs and arguments, I have discussed these matters enough times...

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