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Persuasive Brief Writing: What Judges want in their Briefs

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General |  Practical Skills
Philip Bogdanoff, Esq.
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1 Hour
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Winning the lottery means nothing if you lose the winning ticket before you get to the lottery agent.  Similarly, obtaining a guilty verdict after a long and exhausting trial is worthless if your appellate brief cannot persuade an appellate court to affirm the jury’s verdict.  You do not want to try a case a second time after having a case reversed on appeal. 

In this appealing presentation prosecutors will learn the essentials of writing a clear and concise appellate brief.  Prosecutors will watch various film clips and learn how to protect the record for appeal when trying a case.  Further, we will discuss the results of a survey of Ohio appellate courts judges regarding their likes and dislikes when reading an appellate court brief. 

This presentation received great reviews from prosecutors and was described as “wonderful, very interesting, excellent, informative and engaging.” 

Prosecutors will learn how to:

  • Protect the record on appeal in the trial court
  • Write a clear, concise and interesting statement of facts
  • Recognize the standard of review in your case.
  • Avoid arguments that weaken your case.
  • Edit your brief to avoid repetition.
  • Organize your argument and shorten your brief.
  • Answer a judge’s question during argument.
  • Prepare for argument and feel confident before argument.
  • Know your audience before arguing your case.
  • Develop a theme for oral argument.



Philip Bogdanoff, Esq. Related Seminars and Products

Philip Bogdanoff is a nationally recognized continuing legal education speaker on the topics of ethics, professionalism, and other related topics. Previously, as an attorney, he served as assistant prosecutor in the Summit County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office for more than 25 years, beginning in 1981. Mr. Bogdanoff argued cases before the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals and twenty cases before the Ohio Supreme Court including six death penalty cases - before retiring as a senior assistant prosecutor. 
He is the author of numerous articles on ethics, professionalism and other related legal topics and has taught the members of numerous organizations including the National Association of Legal Administrators, as well as numerous state and local Bar associations, Prosecuting Attorney's Associations, and law firms. More information about Mr. Bogdanoff is available on his Web site at