The Appellate Process at the NY State Appellate Division: Techniques For Writing Better Appellate Briefs

(241 Ratings)

Produced on: June 23, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

A successful appeal has many working parts: researching, writing, and organizing an appellate brief and performing your best at oral argument are the basics.  


In this course, join attorney Stephen Preziosi as he provides tips and advice on how to write better appellate briefs and present better oral arguments on appeal. He breaks down the process for you on everything from writing better sentences and paragraphs to crafting and organizing better legal arguments. Perhaps most importantly, the mechanics of using language persuasively and creating and realizing opportunities for persuasion are explored in brief writing and at oral argument.   


Start persuading with the statement of facts by learning to use the literary techniques of the masters. Use thematic thinking, invoke indelible imagery, produce powerful prose, and actualize alluring argument. 


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand how to use language more persuasively 

II.    Create more memorable - and persuasive - arguments in your appellate briefs 

III.   Perform better at oral arguments before a panel of appellate judges 


Stephen Preziosi

The Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi

Stephen Preziosi established his own Appellate Law Firm after years of extensive work for law firms and the public defenders office in New York City and throughout New York.


He is admitted to the following bars and jurisdictions and regularly writes appeals in New York State Courts and in Federal Courts throughout the nation:

  • The New York State Bar
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • The First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The United States Supreme Court


While at school he earned a position as special assistant to three law professors where he contributed to numerous legal articles and treatises. He graduated with honors from St. John’s University with a Juris Doctor in Law and an MBA in management and finance.


While still in school he was the recipient numerous award for his writing skills, such as the Northeastern Conference Writing Competition, the Dr. DeLuca Award and the University Foundation Award. While in law school he worked for a Federal District Court Judge and a New York State Supreme Court Judge gaining valuable experience working on all types of Federal and State cases.


For five years he worked as a Public Defender and held the position of Felony Bureau Trial Attorney. He tried all types of criminal cases and now proudly heads the Appellate Practice at his own law firm in New York City. 


He has lectured before numerous legal associations including the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, the Nassau Women’s Bar Association, the Nassau Criminal Bar Association and at St. John’s University School of Law, St. John’s University Tobin School of Business, the American Bar Association.


Jayne R.

Succinct, well-organized and informative,

Mark B.

a great course. easy to understand and follow with great ideas

stephen j.

Very useful and interesting

Misha W.

Good writing tips compiled from a variety of notable sources!

Eleanor G.

The lecturer was very knowledgeable and gave real life pointers. excellent

Lisa A.


Michael J. L.

Excellent presentation!

Brian F.


Judith S.

I found the lecture very interesting.

Wendy B.

Course provides a substantial amount of practical information.

Andrew B.

This is required viewing for anyone who is engaged in an appellate practice?

maureen b.

Excellent presentation the top 16 was very well done

Joseph D.

Flat out the best course I've heard. Well organized, concise and to the point. Everything was helpful. No padding, no wasted words. If I'd taken this course first, I'd have rated all the others lower.

Kenneth T G.

Excellent presentation; comprehensive and practical

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