In your assignments for class, you are instructed to look at various parts of the web site. At a minimum, you should read those sections along with the "Introduction to Texas v. Johnson." This will give you a thumbnail sketch of the case in which the briefs were filed.

Record on appeal

Questions Presented

Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Question Presented
Respondent's Question Presented

Jurisdictional Statement
Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Jurisdictional Statement

Procedural history

Statements of the Case
Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Statement of the Case
Respondent's Statement of the Case

Point Headings
Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Point Headings
Respondent's Point Headings

Summary of the Argument
Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Summary of Argument
Respondent's Summary of Argument

The Argument
Guide to Appellate Briefs
Petitioner's Argument
Respondent's Argument

Following the Guide to Appellate Briefs
    Another way to use this web site is to follow the section titled "Guide to Appellate Briefs." The Guide provides a section-by-section discussion of the parts of an appellate brief and gives concrete drafting tips. The Guide is linked into the Texas v. Johnson briefs and other relevant information within the web site.

    Using the Guide as your structure may be the way to get the most out of the web site with the least effort. It will help you avoid aimless wandering. But if you prefer to wander, you are free to do so.

Learning about Oral Argument
    Many first year law students face the required moot court experience with great trepidation. Partly, this is a fear of the unknown. Class sessions, demonstrations, and reading materials can help you become familiar with what happens in oral argument. This web site includes the transcript of the oral argument in Texas v. Johnson and a link to an audio version. By reading and listening, you can get some idea of how an oral argument proceeds. Although no two oral arguments unfold in exactly the same way, these resources will give you some feel for the experience, and allow you to observe the work of some experienced appellate advocates.

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