Grasz Gives Practice Tips at Creighton

Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Eighth Circuit Judge L. Steven Grasz spoke to Creighton University School of Law students on Thursday, Oct. 3, 

Grasz was invited by Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, which is celebrating its centennial at Creighton Law.

He explained appellate practice to a mix of 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls, as well as offering practice tips for writing briefs and oral arguments from his experience on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Like Nebraska, appellate advocacy is not for everyone,” he joked, referring to the state’s current tourism slogan.

Grasz told students that a brief is their chance to make a good first impression on the court. He told them to be mindful to use a high-quality paper and to check the copy before filing it. 

“I would make sure that you focus on clear organization and headings,” he said. “It is very important that your audience not get lost or confused.”

Grasz cautioned against the use of block quotes and against citing unpublished opinions. He encouraged the students to stay focused.

“Above all, be as concise as you can,” Grasz said.

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