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Friday, March 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Crafting Better Arguments

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While you cannot win an appeal without a sound legal argument, the most critical part of your brief is the story you tell. Storytelling is the primary way people pass information to each other. We find strong storytellers everywhere: in politics, religion, business, and our courts. A powerful story engages the reader and draws them into your brief. Judges and law clerks rely heavily on storytelling. The more experienced the reader, the more they find storytelling briefs to be effective. For the appellate defender, storytelling is critical. This session will focus on how to incorporate storytelling into your writing and other advocacy. While this session is intended for lawyers who spend a lot of time writing, it is applicable to anyone who appears before a court, at trial or on appeal.
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Travis Stearns

Attorney, Washington Appellate Project
Travis Stearns is an advocate for the right to counsel for all disenfranchised persons. He has worked in public defense most of his career, currently with the Washington Appellate Project and as the NLADA's Appellate Defender Training program director. A graduate of George Washington... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 1