Whether we like it or not, virtual oral arguments are here to stay. And while the virtual set-up can be convenient, it also presents challenges--from cat filters to zoom-bombing toddlers to remembering to use the mute button properly. CLE covers tips for effective virtual appellate arguments. Learn how to best set-up your space for argument, including lighting, background, and sound, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls that have gone viral. Learn also how to build a connection with the bench and engage in a conversation, despite the virtual format.
Tessa Dysart, Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Tessa Dysart, Ass't Director of Legal Writing, The University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law
Tessa L. Dysart is the Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She also serves as the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Appellate Practice & Process, which was acquired by the University of Arizona Law in June 2020. Professor Dysart writes and speaks nationally on appellate advocacy issues. With the Hon. Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, she co-authored the third edition of Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Arguments. She manages the Appellate Advocacy Blog, which was added to the ABA’s list of best law blogs in 2018. Professor Dysart has also written on human trafficking and constitutional law and lectured nationally on developing effective state anti-trafficking laws.
Professor Dysart is a graduate of Willamette University and Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Hon. Dennis W. Shedd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Her practice experience includes working for the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty she taught appellate advocacy and constitutional law courses at Regent University School of Law, where she coached award-winning moot court teams and advised the program to a national ranking.