The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal held oral arguments in the David Robinson Courtroom at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center on Wednesday, March 1, as part of the courts’ education outreach program. Panel Chief Judge Page McClendon and Judges Guy Holdridge (’78) and Hunter Greene presided over the docket.
All first-year LSU Law students observed the arguments as part of their legal writing course instruction, while second- and third-year students were able to observe via a livestream that was hosted in the McKernan Auditorium.
“1L students are learning appellate advocacy and they’ll get the chance to watch real attorneys present real cases and execute the skills they’re practicing,” said LSU Law Legal Writing Professor Heidi Thompson, noting many of the attorneys who argued the cases were also LSU Law alumni.
Later in the afternoon, first-year students gained further insight on effective appellate advocacy at a panel discussion with appellate judges and attorneys that included Judge Holdridge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jude G. Gravois (’78), Plaisance Law attorney Marcus Plaisance (’10), and First Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Administrative Counsel Kacy Collins Thomas, who also teaches legal writing. The panel provided the students with tips for effective brief writing and oral argument. The judges and lawyers provided students with important, practical pointers and experience related to brief writing and oral argument.