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 past few 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 Katherine Wood, Indiana Legal Services Inc.
As a relatively new attorney, facing my first oral argument in front of the Indiana Supreme Court was exhilarating, yet unnerving. Thankfully, the opportunity to have my presentation thoroughly vetted by the knowledgeable attorneys on the panel gave me the confidence to stand before the justices and perform as if I had been there before. The questions and assessments from the panel helped me evaluate aspects of my argument that I otherwise would have never considered. Each members of the panel offered keen insight regarding the anticipated concerns of the Court, allowing me to present the case appropriately and effectively. I cannot imagine attempting an oral argument without first engaging in the high quality moot available from the Indiana Appellate Institute.If you have used the Indiana Appellate Institute or another IndyBar resource and would like to submit a testimonial, please email Rachel Beachy at email@example.com.