Each year, hundreds of federal attorneys brief and argue criminal cases before courts of appeal, but the only federally- sponsored training programs in appellate advocacy are devoted primarily to civil appeals. Conversations with members of the staff of the Practicing Law Institute and the Federal -and American Bar Associations established that short courses in appellate litigation skills are not routinely offered. Therefore, we can conclude that most government attorneys involved in criminal appeals learn or improve their appellate litigation skills on the job.
This article is about their training. While there is a wealth of legal literature on appellate advocacy as a skill, none of it is designed for the "in-house" instructor and, because on-thejob training has received little attention from legal educators, it is difficult to find materials describing successful training programs.
Michael F. Noone, On-the-Job Training in Appellate Litigation Skills: A Comparative Study, FED. B. NEWS & J., Feb. 1987, at 77.