To help facilitate access to the State Law Library's print legal resources, our librarians have selected the most noteworthy titles in our collection and arranged them here by subject.
» Texas Titles
Appellate manual for Texas criminal defense attorneys
By Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. [2013-2014 ed.]. [2013?].
This manual is published by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. The entire appellate process is described including preservation of error at the trial level. Appendices provide motions, forms, samples briefs, and tables setting out filing deadlines. The inclusion of the text of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure and practitioner commentary ensure this volume will be a guide for an attorney facing his first appellate experience and a handy reference for a seasoned appellate attorney.
KFT 9050 A67
O'Connor's Texas civil appeals : Practice guide & annotated rules of appellate procedure with forms
Latest received: 2019 Edition. M. O'Connor. c2000-.
This practical one-volume book contains annotated appellate rules, commentaries, and common forms. Arranged in an outline format, each commentary chapter is broken down into logical topics to help you easily find the information you need. Likewise, the forms clearly specify the authority for the form and list cross-references to the commentaries, important notes, and suggestions for attachments. All books in the O’Connor’s series are similarly easy to follow and annually updated, making them popular choices for practitioners as well as pro se litigants.
KFT 8816 O3
State's appellate manual
Latest received: 2017. By Curry, Alan. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2001-.
Focusing specifically on criminal appeals, TDCAA's State's Appellate Manual provides a state side look at the criminal appeal process. All aspects of Texas criminal appellate procedure are covered including motions for new trial, notices of appeal, abatement, record on appeal, reply briefs, oral argument, petitions for discretionary review, writs of certiorari, mandamus, State’s appeals, and writs of habeas corpus.
KFT 9050 A16 S7
Texas practice guide. Civil appeals
Latest received: 2019 Edition. By Hedges, Adele. West Group. 2011-.
A discussion of the common problems encountered by appellate counsel provided by Judge Adele Hedges and Haynes and Boone, LLP partner Lynne Liberato. This resource provides strategic options for confronting civil appellate cases. Outlines, forms, and checklists are provided to help attorneys locate reliable information quickly.
KFT 209 T5 CIV APP
Texas practitioner's guide to civil appeals
Texas Lawyer. 2014-.
The Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals was written by the attorneys from the appellate firm of Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP. This volume distinguishes itself from other appellate titles in its focus on strategy rather than procedural rules. For example, Chapter 10, entitled “Sections of an appellant’s brief,” provides guidance on proper form according to the rules and continues with additional tips on the “unwritten conventions” that should be followed to ensure the best first impression. Advice is also given on how to format briefs for readers using electronic copies instead of paper copies. The handbook concludes with tips on using technology and building an appellate practice.
KFT 9050 T45
» Federal/General Titles
Appellate courts : Structures, functions, processes, and personnel
By Meador, Daniel John. LexisNexis Matthew Bender. 2nd ed. 2006.
Using both classic and new cases, Appellate Courts examines theoretical and practical issues arising from the appellate courts’ dual roles to correct trial court error and to generate common law. Its coverage of voluminous appeals cases and the institutional reforms is broad. Fresh material presents new perspectives on appellate structures, personnel, and procedures—preparing students to practice in the contemporary state and federal appellate courts.
KF 8750 M43
Brief writing & oral argument
By Re, Edward D. Oceana Publications. 8th ed. 1999.
Brief Writing & Oral Argument has been revised and updated to help law students and practitioners stay ahead of the curve in their legal writing and research process. Revised with new information on electronic legal research, this text provides practical advice from experts in the field of law who understand the legal system from behind the bench and before the court. A new section on legal writing further highlights the significance of written documents in the courtroom today.
KF 251 R4
Federal appeals : Jurisdiction and practice
Latest received: 2017 Edition. By Magnuson, Eric J. West Group. 3rd ed. c1999-.
"Whether you are bringing or defending an appeal, Federal Appeals: Jurisdiction and Practice provides the guidance you need to determine whether an appeal is worth your time and your client s money. It contains in-depth guidance on the constitutional and statutory underpinnings of federal appellate jurisdiction." - from the publisher
Note: This title is no longer being kept up to date by the library.
KF 9050 T5
Federal Court of Appeals manual : A manual on practice in the United States courts of appeals
By Knibb, David G. Thomson Reuters. Sixth edition. 2013.
David Knibb's Federal Court of Appeals Manual is a helpful walkthrough of the appellate process from start to finish. This resource is organized into three sections: starting the appeal, special appeals, and the appeal process. Tactics and guidance are supplied to aid practitioners in determining whether to appeal, filing on a timely basis, and avoiding dismissal inducing mistakes. Tips for effective written and oral argument are also included.
KF 9050 K5
How to handle an appeal
Latest received: Release 17, Nov. 2016. By Levy, Herbert Monte. PLI Press. 4th ed. c1999-.
Places emphasis on the technical issues of the appeal process with tips and guidelines on drafting motions for leave, record preparation and filing, and meeting deadlines. Checklists, forms, and model briefs are included to provide a framework and examples of good practice. The author provides advice for pinpointing arguments' strengths and combating case weaknesses through research on legal precedents, forming counter-points, and avoiding errors.
KF 9050 L4
The how-to-win appeal manual : Winning appellate advocacy in a nutshell
By Fine, Ralph Adam. Juris Publishing, Inc. 3rd ed. 2012.
This book provides a judge's view of what constitutes a winning appeal. Written by Ralph Adam Fine, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge for over 20 years, The How-to-Win Appeal Manual gives practitioner insight into the court's thought process on appellate decision making. With numerous "how to" chapters, Fine directly addresses the difficulties faced by practitioners and offers insider advice on how to overcome obstacles in the appellate process.
KF 9050 F56
A practitioner's guide to appellate advocacy
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation. c2010.
This single volume presents multiple expert viewpoints on all aspects of appellate practice. Written to follow the course of an appeal, chapters are devoted to the technicalities of formatting the pleadings and e-filing, as well as the intellectual work of crafting an argument and the creative job representing the client's case in court. Also examined is the variation in the Rules of Appellate Procedure imposed by the local rules developed by each circuit.
KF 9050 P73
The question presented : Model appellate briefs
By Ciampi, Maria L. Anderson Pub. Co. c2000.
The Question Presented presents actual briefs handpicked by judges for their effective language and argument as models of appellate legal writing. Every aspect of the brief, from presenting the issues to creating headings, is discussed with a focus on helping legal professionals achieve a higher quality of writing. This volume was specifically designed as a teaching resource for appellate advocacy and legal writing law school courses.
KF 251 C53
Supreme Court and appellate advocacy : Mastering oral argument
By Frederick, David C. Thomson/West. c2003.
Written by David C. Frederick, former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White and Ninth Circuit Judge Joseph T. Sneed, Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy provides practical tips for making persuasive arguments from a source close to decision makers. Recommended by the Supreme Court itself on its website's "Guide for Counsel," Frederick's resource offers numerous examples, stories, and historical accounts to aid practitioners in mastering the oral argument.
KF 8870 F74
Supreme Court practice : For practice in the Supreme Court of the United States
By Shapiro, Stephen M. Bloomberg BNA. Tenth edition. .
Supreme Court Practice was first published in 1950 and authored by Eugene Gressman and Robert Stern. The authors of the 10th edition stay true to the original mission of providing everything there is to know about handling a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in one volume. Despite its daunting size, this is an easy-to-use resource. The detailed table of contents is followed by concise checklists for “processing certiorari cases, appeals and cases accepted by the Court for plenary review.” There are numerous appendices that bring together laws, court rules, clerk’s guidelines, and forms. There are even floor plans for the court building included.
REF KF 9057 S8
The Supreme Court's style guide
This guide contains the style preferences of the United States Supreme Court, used by its Reporter of Decisions to prepare the Court's opinions for public release and publication in the United States Reports.
KF 250 S8