Appellate Attys Bemoan Decline In Oral Advocacy

Law360, New York (October 2, 2009, 2:36 PM EDT) -- The last several years have seen an overall decline in how often federal appellate courts hear oral arguments before deciding cases, which some lawyers say is eroding a once-useful part of the appellate process and denying attorneys opportunities to develop oral argument skills.

According to data compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the frequency of oral argument in all the federal appellate courts combined, except for the Federal Circuit, has declined over the last eight years.

35 percent of all appeals terminated on...
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