Fourth Circuit Appellate Practice Webinar 2021

Appellate Practice Seminar

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sponsored an Appellate Practice Webinar on September 8, 2021. Materials and videos from the webinar are available below.

Continuing Legal Education: CLE credit for the live webinar has been approved for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Conference materials for individual CLE applications in other jurisdictions are available below.  Certificates of attendance have been emailed to attendees.  If you did not receive a certificate or have other questions, please contact

Event Overview

9:00 am –
10:00 am
Insights on Supreme Court and Appellate Practice (video)
Chief Judge Roger Gregory leads a conversation with Michael Dreeben, former Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the government’s criminal docket. Nationally acclaimed as a master of appellate advocacy, Mr. Dreeben shares insights drawn from his representation of the government in over 100 cases before the Supreme Court and in en banc arguments before ten federal circuit courts.
10:00 am –
11:10 am
Effective Advocacy Before the Fourth Circuit (video)
Judge Albert Diaz moderates a panel discussion with Circuit Judges Paul Niemeyer and Stephanie Thacker and appellate attorneys Kannon Shanmugam and Jennifer May-Parker. The panel shares the dos and don’ts of briefing and argument, answers questions about Fourth Circuit practice and procedure, and offers strategies for effective appellate representation.
11:10 am –
12:00 pm
How to Write a Persuasive Appellate Brief ((recording not available)
Ross Guberman, author of Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates and creator of BriefCatch, demystifies appellate brief-writing and shares tips and Fourth Circuit examples for key junctures in written advocacy, including introductions, fact statements, and winning arguments.