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Please join us on at noon on Thursday, October 27th, for a presentation by Wisconsin Court of
Appeals Judge Brian Blanchard. Writing and editing an appellate brief against deadline pressures
is challenging. The product of your hard work is typically first read by judges relatively quickly,
to get an idea of likely results.  Later, the briefs are scrutinized on a sentence-by-sentence
basis. Given those dynamics, how can you make your briefs more reliable and persuasive? What
are common pitfalls? This presentation includes some reminders of hard-and-fast rules.  But
mostly it consists of recommended techniques and practices for organizing and writing effective
briefs.


Judge Brian W. Blanchard is currently the Presiding Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals-
District IV.  A Madison native, he was a reporter for The Miami Herald before attending law
school.  He clerked for the Hon. Walter J. Cummings, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit Court and then served as a federal prosecutor in Chicago.  He and his wife,
Mary, moved their family to Madison in 1997, where he worked in private practice for several
years.  He was elected Dane County District Attorney and served most of five terms in that
position before being elected for the first time to his current position in 2010 and was reelected

in 2016 and 2022. Judge Blanchard is a frequent presenter to legal groups and is an active
member of the Dane County Bar Association and the Legal Association for Women.

RSVPs for the in-person lunch must be made by Thursday, October 20. A Zoom option will
also be available.

October 27th, 2022 12:00 PM
Madison Club
5 E. Wilson
WI
United States
Member Fee in-person $ 30.00
Non-Member Fee in-person $ 40.00
Members via Zoom $ 15.00
Non-Members via Zoom $ 20.00