Appellate Practice: Identifying Issues for Appeal, Drafting Questions Presented, and Briefing the Issues

This program has been rescheduled, new date is 12/7/17

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide counsel with techniques for identifying and presenting key issues for appeal. The panel will cover effective drafting of the questions presented and provide case-winning tips for preparing a strong appellate brief.


Appellate counsel should select the issues to pursue on appeal with the standards of review in mind. It is important to identify the issues that have the best chance of success at the appellate level and to limit the number of overall issues that will be raised.

Formulating the questions presented is one of the most critical tasks of writing the appellate brief. The questions should be drafted clearly and succinctly in a way that sets out the strongest arguments on appeal.

Good choice and framing of the issues create the base on which counsel can generate a strong brief and oral argument to focus the panel on the key points and most persuasive arguments favoring his position in the appeal.

Listen as our distinguished panel of experienced appellate lawyers provides real and very practical tips for identifying the key issues for appeal, drafting effective questions presented and preparing a strong appellate brief.



  1. Identifying issues for appeal
  2. Drafting the questions presented
  3. Effectively briefing the issues on appeal


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How to identify the best issues that should be raised on appeal
  • Best practices for drafting the questions presented
  • How to generate a strong brief and present oral argument that will focus the panel on the most important issues


Cutting, Curt
Curt Cutting

Horvitz & Levy

Mr. Cutting has been lead counsel in appeals involving a wide range of subject areas, including business disputes,...  |  Read More

Schneider, Deena Jo
Deena Jo Schneider

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

Ms. Schneider concentrates her practice in appeals and issue-oriented litigation. She is experienced in virtually every...  |  Read More

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