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Moot Court Research Support



This page will assist you in locating resources to aid you during the appellate writing process. The resources will be specific to appellate/persuasive writing, and will provide general writing and grammatical advice.

Selected Articles on Appellate Advocacy

Articles on writing a winning appellate brief can be found on a number of platforms inlcuding Lexis, Westlaw and in HeinOnline (PDF).  The following are a few titles on this topic.

  • Christine M. Durham, Writing a Winning Appellate Brief, 10 Utah Bar J. 34 (1997)
  • Dwyer, Feldman, McBride, How to Write, Edit, And Review Persuasive Briefs: Seven Guidelines From One Judge and Two Lawyers, 31 Seattle U. L. Rev. 417 (2008)
  • Brian L. Porto, The Art of Appellate Brief Writing, 29 Vt. B. J. 30 (2003)
  • Harry Pregerson, The Seven Sins of Appellate Brief Writing and Other Transgressions, 34 UCLA L. Rev. 431 (1986)
  • Harry Pregerson & Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne, The Seven Virtues of Appellate Brief Writing: An Update from the Bench, 38 Sw. L. Rev. 221 (2008).

Books and Treatises

In addition to the general treatises mentioned on the the home page of this guide, these books may be helpful when writing your moot court brief.

Online Legal Writing Resources