The IndyBar Appellate Practice Section created the Indiana Appellate Institute in 2010 as a resource for lawyers who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Court of Appeals. The Indiana Appellate Institute offers “moot” or practice argument sessions before panels of seasoned appellate advocates and others who have reviewed the briefs and will ask the sorts of questions an advocate can expect at the actual argument.
Many members who have used the Indiana Appellate Institute over the last five years have benefited from this service. Read on to learn about one member’s experience, and find out how the institute can help you prepare for your next case here.
By Brent R. Borg, Church Church Hittle & Antrim
I have used the Indiana Appellate Institute twice in preparation for oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court. Both experiences exceeded my expectations. It was apparent to me that each attorney on the panel invested a significant amount of time in reading the briefs and formulating questions. Although the moot itself was helpful, far more valuable was the critical feedback I received from the attorneys on everything from the substance and style of answering questions to the actual merits of the case. Perhaps the best gauge of the quality of the experience is that I was confident before and during each oral argument and, in evaluating my performance afterwards, I would not have done anything significantly different.
If you have used the Indiana Appellate Institute or another IndyBar resource and would like to submit a testimonial, please email Rachel Beachy at firstname.lastname@example.org.