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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Friday, April 16, 2004
Posted 12:38 PM by Kelly
Appellate Practice

LARC is wrapping up, no more briefs to write, no more oral arguments. For this semester, anyway.

If after surviving the ordeal that is LARC you think you might actually be interested in appellate practice someday, I highly recommend taking the appellate practice course offered. I had it this semester with Professor Cressler. It was a straight-forward, no-nonsense class. The class assignments were quite manageable and we didn't have to wade through case after case to try to decipher the law. We discussed the Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure.

I know, it doesn't sound very exciting, but many of the things we as practicing attorneys will be held responsible for knowing are not going to be exciting bits of information.

And for those who are thinking there's no way you would take a class devoted to the appeals process, there are several reasons you should reconsider. One is that more cases each year are appealed than go to trial before a jury. The number of jury trials in Indiana is decreasing (as alternative dispute resolution becomes more prevalent) and the number of appeals is increasing. So a given attorney likely has higher odds of taking an appeal than trying a case before a jury. (Depending on practice area). In addition, the class gives some very practical advice about preserving error at the trial court level - information all attorneys should have. Finally, it was a low-stress, informative way to gain 2 credit hours. And if you know me, you might have access to a great outline!

(My final in this class was this morning - 2 more to go!!!)

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