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Bar News - November 19, 2014

Court News: New Guide Offers Help on Appeals

Two experienced appellate attorneys, Lisa Wolford of the NH General’s office, and Stephanie Hausman, of the NH Appellate Defender office, have collaborated on a basic guide to writing and arguing cases before the NH Supreme Court.

The 56-page guide is available on the NH Bar Association website and will also be linked from the NH Supreme Court’s website. It is designed for attorneys who have not done appellate work, or appear infrequently at the NH Supreme Court, as well as for pro se litigants. (For more in-depth discussions of appellate practice, NHBA•CLE has programs and there is a chapter in the NH Practice & Procedure Manual.)

The guide offers guidance on formatting and citations, as well as pointers on organizing the argument in the pleadings including the reply brief, and pointers on writing and presenting oral argument.

“It is our hope that the guide will simplify the process of writng and assembling briefs and take some of the anxiety out of preparing for and appearing at oral argument,” the authors wrote in the introduction to the guide.

Hausman said the guide is similar to a similar guide distributed by the US Supreme Court but goes into more depth.

NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis provided some advice on writing briefs and appearing before the Supreme Court in a video produced in 2012 by the NH Bar Association.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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