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How to Handle an Appeal (Fourth Edition)

Author(s): Herbert M. Levy
Practice Area: Appeals, Appellate advocacy, Appellate procedure, Litigation, Practice skills (Litigation)
Published: Sep 1999
Supplement Date: Nov 2016 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9780872241237
PLI Item #: 621

How to Handle an Appeal gives you the winning edge at every stage of the process — from preserving points for appeals and perfecting appeals, to drafting persuasive briefs and delivering compelling oral arguments, to protecting clients’ interests after the decisions. It stresses crucial technical issues that attorneys often overlook, including how to:

  • Make a motion for leave to appeal
  • Obtain stays
  • Prepare and file the record
  • Meet appellate deadlines
  • Master the record in preparation for the brief
Featuring a 14-page appellate checklist, sample forms, and model briefs, How to Handle an Appeal shows you how to identify and spotlight your strongest arguments, overcome the weak aspects of your case, and more.
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Herbert Monte Levy, a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University School of Law, was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. He has frequently lectured on appellate practice for Practising Law Institute, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and New York County Lawyers’ Association. He was Co-Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s course on appellate practice on the four occasions it was given, in 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1988. He has briefed and argued appeals in both state and federal appellate courts, at all levels and in many states, and has had extensive trial experience, particularly in cases destined for appeal. As Staff Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union from 1949 to 1956, Mr. Levy supervised hundreds of appeals. Mr. Levy has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (now the Federal Bar Council), and was formerly Chairman of its Bill of Rights Committee. He is presently a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Appellate Courts Committee. He is former Counsel to the First Amendment Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Levy is the author of various legal articles, including the book-length “Justice—After Trial,” which appeared in New York Law Forum, Volume 11, Numbers 2 and 3 (1965).