Inside the Mind of an Appellate Judge: 25 Lessons from the Appellate Judicial Survey


Reprinted by permission of the Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 2, February 2010.

What do appellate judges find persuasive? What common practices frustrate them? The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure tell you what you can and cannot do, but they cannot answer questions like these. This article provides a glimpse inside the mind of an appellate judge. It is based on answers from appellate judges to a statewide judicial survey that the authors conducted on behalf of the State Bar Appellate Section. In this article we offer 25 lessons from the survey.

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