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Avoid Reading to the Appellate Court

Today’s post at the Illinois Trial Practice Weblog contains a useful tip that’s worth a mention here:  Never read your argument when appearing before an appellate court.  Not only is it bad form, but it also hinders your ability to respond to questions or address the points your opponent makes.  The post lays out an approach to preparing for argument that should help avoid any need to read from a script.

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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