Your oral argument is not a speech at the local Toastmasters where you will be handed ten minutes of interrupted speaking time. Rather, it’s dynamic, rapid shifting and can require extreme responsiveness if you get that judge that likes to pepper you with questions. Since oral argument is much more fluid process than regurgitating a written response, you need a more dynamic approach when you prepare and present your argument.

When you prepare for oral argument do you find yourself writing out a convoluted outline and rehearsing in front of the mirror like you are going to be speaking at the local Toastmasters?

In this incredibly entertaining and practical CLE course, Peter R. Afrasiabi covers what to do, what NOT to do and how to be prepared when you stand at the podium to argue your appeal. Peter mainly discusses the hallmarks of an effective oral argument, winning preparation strategies and practical points when making your argument in front of the judges (or justices). To access the course please click here: Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and Do’s and Don’ts.

Peter also addresses the following:

  • Using a conversation dialogue
  • Knowing your audience & goals
  • Crafting a compelling argument
  • Establishing credibility
  • The kitchen sink approach
  • Briefs & the record review process
  • Facts & law review
  • Your podium materials
  • Mooting
  • Your first words
  • Staying cool under pressure
  • Possible outcomes
  • Amicus briefs
  • 7 Golden Rules

From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley to protecting such iconic brands as Bettie Page in trademark and trade dress disputes, Peter R. Afrasiabi primarily handles copyright, trademark, and entertainment disputes. He is also the Chair of the Appellate Practice Group for One LLP and co-director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.