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The Learned Sixth: “Run, Fun & Gun”

And now for something completely different. If you’re traveling for the New Year’s holiday (or perhaps resting or exercising after the last one?), consider a Learned Sixth podcast for the road: SCOTUS 101’s  interview with Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar. The episode, appropriately titled Guns and Gifts, covers both the recent Supreme Court Second Amendment/mootness … Continue Reading

Practitioner Perspective: Oral Arguments

We recently sat down with Pierre Bergeron and Phil Calabrese to get their perspective on oral arguments. What is your view on the current importance of oral arguments? Pierre:  For the average appeal, oral arguments are less important today than they used to be.  And you see courts cutting back on the number of oral … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Website Features A Series Of Video Clips On Effective Appellate Advocacy

Did you know that the Sixth Circuit’s website features a series of video clips produced by the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio that offer training advice for practice under the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 3006A?  The video clips do not have Hollywood style production values (we are … Continue Reading