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Appellate Practice

Jul. 15, 2016

U.S. v. Washington; Brief-writing tips

John Sledd (Kanji & Katzen, Seattle), lead attorney in a recent landmark environmental case from the 9th Circuit, describes the ruling and its impact; and David Balabanian (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) offers valuable brief-writing insights

John Sledd

Kanji & Katzen P.L.L.C.

David M. Balabanian

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

This week's show considers a recent landmark environmental ruling, and features valuable brief-writing techniques from a seasoned attorney in San Francisco.

John Sledd visits first to chat about U.S. v. Washington, a case filed out of the 9th Circuit in June, which figures to significantly impact the fishing rights of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, and promote the sustainability of salmon populations there, upon which the native tribes rely. Mr. Sledd, of Kanji & Katzen (Seattle) was the lead counsel on the case and argued it before the appellate panel.

David Balabanian, a regular DJ column contributor, then joins to discuss some brief-writing tips featured in his recent columns. He'll say why he thinks some attorneys frequently fail to maximize the most valuable territory in their briefs, and also often disadvantage themselves with the way they cite authority.


Brian Cardile

Rulings Editor, Podcast Host, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reporter

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