Rachel Hughey Gives Practical Tips on Writing Persuasive Appellate Briefs in Live Webinar

September 7, 2016

Rachel Hughey, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Merchant & Gould and former appellate law clerk, will be a presenter in a live webinar on writing persuasive appellate briefs on September 7, 2016.

Mastering the Art of Writing Persuasive Appellate Briefs: Practical Tips from Past Appellate Law Clerks
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

This CLE webinar will provide counsel with proven techniques for preparing persuasive appellate briefs and avoiding mistakes that can be detrimental to your client’s position. The panel of former appellate law clerks will discuss the key components of the appellate brief and provide tips for preparing a strong brief that will win your case prior to, or without the need for, oral argument.


  1. Stating the issues persuasively
  2. Telling your client’s story with the statement of facts
  3. Spoiler alert: Effective summary of the argument
  4. Presenting the argument clearly and concisely
  5. Leaving a lasting impression with the conclusion


Bennett Evan Cooper, Partner
Steptoe & Johnson, Phoenix
Author of Federal Appellate Practice: Ninth Circuit (2015-2016 ed.), a 1,500-page treatise published annually, Mr. Cooper is respected as a leading practitioner before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition, he has represented parties and amici curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Second, Third, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, D.C. and Federal Circuits, as well as various state appellate courts. Mr. Cooper is a past chair of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and began his legal career as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge (and later Chief Judge) Alex Kozinski.

Rachel C. Hughey, Partner
Merchant & Gould, Minneapolis
As a Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice, Ms. Hughey is one of the firm’s appellate specialists. She is a former Federal Circuit law clerk, has handled dozens of appeals, and has argued before the Federal Circuit both as the appellant and the appellee. In addition, Ms. Hughey leverages her appellate experience by consulting on appellate cases throughout the firm, for other firms, and for her clients. As a thought leader, she writes extensively on current legal issues and is the author of a law review article on effective appellate advocacy before the Federal Circuit.

This CLE is hosted by Strafford Publications, Inc.