November 09, 2011 Articles

Appellate Advocacy: A Young Attorney's Perspective

The author shares some of what she has learned through experience in several years of appellate advocacy in many different environments.

By Lara O'Donnell Grillo

Appellate practice is a specialty often viewed as favoring experienced attorneys and requiring an advanced skill set. As a young attorney, I have sought and considered much advice regarding how to pursue an appeal. Here, I share some of what I have learned through experience in several years of appellate advocacy comprising civil and criminal appellate practice, a federal appellate clerkship, and an appellate internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Throughout, I have found that the fundamentals of hard work and good writing have never steered me wrong, even against the subtle advantages of more experienced counsel.

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