ADJT lawyers collectively have authored over 100 book chapters, bar journal articles, and seminar papers. Links to selected representative writings are provided below.


TEXAS SUPREME COURT »
  • The Ultimate Petition for Review - Douglas W. Alexander
    Doug interviewed Texas Supreme Court justices, staff, and prominent practitioners for this article, recognized as the definitive guide to petition for review and mandamus practice.
  • Supreme Court Internal Operating Procedures - Douglas W. Alexander
  • Supreme Court Briefing Trends - Robert Dubose
    This landmark paper is a unique statistical survey of the stylistic choices that advocates are making in briefs to the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Writing a Persuasive Supreme Court Brief - Kevin Dubose
    A chapter in the 2005 Texas Supreme Court Practice Manual providing an overview of how to write persuasive briefs for the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Writing a Good Supreme Court Brief on the Merits - Kevin Dubose
    This paper provides both an overview of effective writing techniques and strategic considerations in drafting a brief on the merits in the Texas Supreme Court, and also a step-by-step approach for putting together a brief on the merits.
FIFTH CIRCUIT AND FEDERAL COURTS »
  • Fifth Circuit Practice---the Ultimate Guide - Dana Livingston
    This paper is considered to be the most comprehensive guide to practice before the Fifth Circuit, synthesizing all the applicable rules with practice tips based on knowledge of the inner workings of the court, the court's unwritten internal procedures, and years of experience practicing before the court.
  • Interlocutory Appeals and Mandamus in Federal Court - Dana Livingston
    Want appellate review in federal court but don't have a final judgment? Dana Livingston explains the various avenues for interlocutory appeal and mandamus in federal court.
  • If It's Broke, Fix It! - Roger D. Townsend
    A handy guide for curing unusual problems involving the record in federal court.
REPRESENTING CORPORATIONS IN LITIGATION »
  • Managing Complex Litigation - Roger Townsend
    In this article from the American Corporate Counsel Association's Docket, Roger Townsend and his co-author provide a checklist of steps for corporate counsel facing complex litigation, foremost of which is a recommendation to retain a case manager at the outset.
  • Appellate Practice from the Corporate Perspective - Roger D. Townsend
    Roger Townsend discusses the unique issues facing corporations on appeal.
EFFECTIVE USE OF APPELLATE COUNSEL»
  • Ten Practical Tips for Making Your Case Appealable (or, How Not to Lose Your Appeal at Trial and When to Call in the Cavalry) – Alex Albright (co-author)
    Practical tips to help litigation counsel better plan for an appeal, preserve the record, and effectively use appellate counsel before, during, and after trial.
BRIEF WRITING AND RESEARCH»
ORAL ARGUMENT »
  • Oral Argument - Kevin Dubose
    Kevin Dubose was asked to write the chapter on Oral Argument in the 1993 version(2nd ed.) of the Texas Appellate Practice Manual. This basic primer still provides a useful overview to the oral argument process.
  • Oral Argument on Appeal:  Go Forth and Sin, Sin, Sin, 22 The Appellate Advocate 20 (Fall 2009) - Roger Townsend
    This paper explores the drastic changes in oral argument since the legendary John W. Davis promulgated his “Ten Commandments of Appellate Advocacy.”
APPELLATE ADVOCACY »
  • A Court-Centered Approach to Appellate Advocacy - Kevin Dubose
    This paper describes a sea-change in the authorsí approach to appellate advocacy, from a view of advocacy as an advocate-centered performance that attempts to manipulate the court and hide the ball and reach a desired result by any means necessary to a court centered approach that recognizes what the court needs out of the process and engages in a frank discussion aimed at helping the court.
  • Appellate Advocacy - Whose World Is It?, 51 For the Defense 52 (Nov. 2009) - Roger Townsend, Amy Warr, and Anna Baker
    This paper explores the tensions between appellate counsel’s approach to briefing and argument and the client’s desires.
OVERTURNING JURY VERDICTS »
STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION »
PRESERVATION OF ERROR »
  • Preservation of Error: Post-Trial Motions - Kevin Dubose
    Post trial motions are an important part of the appellate process, and the motions described in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are often misunderstood and mis-used by counsel. Many Texas lawyers still turn to this landmark 1992 article to understand how these motions are supposed to work.
  • Preserving Reversible Error in Texas: The Art of Cultivating Clairvoyance - Roger D. Townsend
    A short primer on preserving complaints for appeal during trial.
  • Ten Practical Tips for Making Your Case Appealable (or, How Not to Lose Your Appeal at Trial and When to Call in the Cavalry) – Alex Albright (co-author)
    Practical tips to help litigation counsel better plan for an appeal, preserve the record, and effectively use appellate counsel before, during, and after trial.
ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM »
POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST »
ASSERTING WAIVER ON APPEAL »
 
 
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