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- By Jeremy Wicker. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1999.
Encyclopedic in scope, this set covers everything from analyses of court rules, statutes and cases to the underlying laws governing civil and appellate procedure. It provides extensive coverage of all aspects of appellate practice, including perfecting appeals, the appellate record, appellate briefs, court of appeals proceedings, Texas Supreme Court procedures, and original proceedings.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.
- By Richard Freer. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st ed.
This title distills the complex topic of civil procedure down to a very accessible 167 pages. It presents the crucial elements, mentioning doctrinal cases as needed to show where certain fundamental principles derive from. Brief, yet more than sufficiently informative, this guide will prove useful in helping you outline, and understand civil procedure in general.
- By Robert Klonoff. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 1st edition.
"This product provides thorough and up-to-date coverage of the major issues facing an advocate in the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, including the final judgment rule and its exceptions, preservation of error, standards of review, filing notices of appeal or cross-appeal, motion practice (including emergency motions), briefs, records and appendixes, oral argument, rehearing and rehearing en banc, opinions, judgments, mandates, appellate sanctions, Supreme Court jurisdiction, writs of certiorari, and Supreme Court briefing and oral argument. It also provides strategic advice, such as how to prepare a persuasive brief and how to deliver an effective oral argument." - from the publisher
- By Steven Childress. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2010. 4th edition.
From the preface, "The point of a standard of review is to help the judges focus on the heart of the appeal - the merits, policies, and issues - in a way that gives them a foothold to address that substance." Unlike other appellate practice resources that focus on the procedural aspects of appellate review, Federal Standards of Review attempts to shine light on the "essential language of appeals" used by the courts. Civil, Criminal, and Administrative cases are all discussed with a focus on the relationship between trial court findings and appellate court conclusions.
- By Tessa L. Dysart. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2017. 3rd edition.
"When the late Ruggero J. Aldisert wrote Winning on Appeal in 1992, it became an instant classic in law school classrooms and appellate law practices across the country. To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the book's release, Tessa L. Dysart and Leslie H. Southwick carry on the Aldisert tradition of revealing the "nuts and bolts" of how to prepare an effective brief with the nuanced art of a delivering a persuasive appeal to the court." - from the publisher