Writing and Responding to Cert Petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court: An Overview Webinar
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When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

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NE MCLE Accreditation #163919 (Distance learning). 1 CLE hour
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This webinar will provide a broad overview of writing petitions for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court and responding to such petitions. Few types of briefs are more challenging for attorneys to write than Petitions for Writs of Certiorari and Briefs in Opposition. Cert petitions and oppositions are unique documents both because of their audience (the Supreme Court Justices and their young clerks) and their goal (obtaining or blocking discretionary review, not winning a case on its merits). As a result, writing a cert petition or opposition presents special challenges, particularly for attorneys without a great deal of experience before the Court. The presentation will first discuss how to write an effective cert petition — the tactical and strategic considerations; how best to structure the brief; and what the different sections of the brief should look like. The presentation will then discuss how to write an effective opposition — what kinds of arguments will convince the Court to deny review and how to structure the brief to effectively make those arguments.

Speaker: Dan Schweitzer, Director and Chief Counsel of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Center for Supreme Court Advocacy