OCBA Launches Appellate Law Summer Academy for Law Students and New Graduates

The Orange County Bar Association is responding to the impact of COVID-19 on law students by providing an online seminar designed to provide law students with practical knowledge and experience, and to train the next generation of appellate lawyers during a summer that poses challenges for  student learning and employment. The program was inspired by a summer program held by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in June. 

The four-week series, running from July 17 to August 7, provides students with substantive material to add to their resume to demonstrate a continued interest in expanding their legal knowledge and skills in these unprecedented times. Students who complete the entire series will receive a certificate reflecting their participation in the program.

The seminar will focus on appellate practice from the trial court through the conclusion of the appellate process and will teach students about:

  • The structure of appellate review
  • Appellate briefwriting 
  • Oral argument 
  • Jobs in Appellate Law 

The Dean of the Academy is M.C. Sungaila, member of the OCBA Board of Directors and co-chair of the appellate group at Haynes & Boone. The Academy faculty includes Legal Writing Pro founder and Briefcatch creator Ross Guberman, Loyola Law Professor and Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic Director Paula Mitchell, former Court of Appeal Justice and founder of the Grignon Law Firm Margaret Grignon, Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill, former California Supreme Court research attorney and member of the California Appellate Law Group Greg Wolff, former Fourth District, Division Three research attorney and counsel at Buchalter Robert Dato, and Haynes & Boone appellate associate Marco Pulido. 

“The OCBA has provided crucial resources and free CLE programming to its attorney members throughout this pandemic. We are now giving back to law students, and in particular are focused on growing the next generation of appellate lawyers,” said M.C. Sungaila. 

Register for Each Program Individually – Certificate Awarded Upon Completion of All 4 Programs!  

Appellate Practice Overview
Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Brief Writing
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:00p.m.
Oral Argument
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Jobs in Appellate Law
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Complimentary Non-CLE Webinar Series Exclusively for OCBA Law Student Members.