Virginia Tech’s Science, Technology & Law Program and the Appalachian School of Law will co-present the seminar “Appellate Advocacy in Virginia” on Thursday, June 11, in Alumni Assembly Hall at the Holtzman Alumni Center at Virginia Tech.

The seminar offers a slate of speakers that includes Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court Donald W. Lemons, Virginia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Glen A. Huff, and Timothy P. Terrell, an Emory University School of Law professor and nationally recognized legal writing expert.

Registration is required to attend the event and the fee covers both the seminar and lunch. Early registration costs $150 and closes June 4. After June 4, registration costs $170. Discounts are provided for Appalachian School of Law alumni and employees, Virginia Tech alumni and employees, government employees, non-profit employees, and students.  

Topics to be covered include:

  • Chief Justice Lemons will discuss issues of professionalism and ethics while appealing a case, with perspective from Chief Judge Huff of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
  •  Monica T. Monday, managing partner at Gentry Locke LLP, and Frank K. Friedman, chairman of the Appellate Section of Woods Rogers PLC, will contribute their experience on oral and written advocacy.
  • Patricia L. Harrington, Supreme Court clerk, will give a presentation on electronic filing in the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Professor Timothy P. Terrell will provide counsel that directly relates to the age of electronic preparation and reading of briefs. Co-author of the book “Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing,” Terrell teaches students techniques to help them write both “clearly and persuasively about complicated matters when the stakes are high.”
  • The William and Mary School of Law video project “The Art of Appellate Advocacy,” which features history and insights for appellate lawyers, will be launched at the seminar. The project launch will also be accompanied by a conversation with the Virginia Supreme Court titled “Tips for Oral Argument.” 

The program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 hours of credit. One hour of which will also apply to the area of legal ethics or professionalism.

Register online and learn more about the event. For questions regarding the seminar, email either Daniel H. Caldwell or Anna-Marion Bieri.

Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

The Science, Technology and Law Program is an academic program that focuses primarily on the discussion and promotion of IP as well as other legal and ethical topics at the intersection of science, technology and law. The program offers four undergraduate classes, one graduate class and a minor in Science, Engineering and Law that is open to all students, regardless of major.

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