ARTICLES

ADJ 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.


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.


  • Appellate Brief Writing - Robert Dubose
    Based on Robert's experience of teaching appellate brief writing to law school students and practicing attorneys for more than a decade, this paper highlights the most important tools to make appellate briefs easer to read and more persuasive.

  • Writing for the 21st Century ReaderRobert Dubose
    As judges begin reading from screens instead of papers, studies show that their reading patterns will change. This paper draws from a number of studies about computer-reading habits to suggest new techniques for writing legal arguments.

Brief Writing and Research


  • 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


  • A Court-Centered Approach to Appellate Advocacy - Kevin Dubose 
    This paper describes a sea-change in the authors’ 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 D. 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.

Appellate Advocacy


  • 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.

  • 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.

Preservation of Error


  • "Fitness" to Practice Appellate Law - Kevin Dubose
    Interested in becoming a better lawyer? Then become a better person who happens also to be a lawyer. Kevin Dubose offers advice on putting law and life into a balanced perspective in order to improve both.

  • Ethical Conduct on Appeal: It’s What’s Expected - Kevin Dubose 
    A discussion of the heightened expectations of professionalism in the appellate courts, and an explanation of why ethical conduct is not only the right thing to do, but is expected by the appellate courts.

Ethics and Professionalism