Below are links to sample appellate oral argument videos that you can use to study the appellate oral argument genre featured in The Complete Legal Writer. For each video, we provide brief contextual information.
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The following arguments took place at the appellate level. We selected videos from the Ninth Circuit because the Ninth Circuit has high-quality video recordings of their arguments.
Patino-Ortiz v. Holder (2015)
Case Summary: This appellate oral argument was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Patino-Ortiz v. Holder. In Patino-Ortiz, the petitioner was a Mexican citizen who was deported after his pro se application for lawful status was denied in Immigration Court. He later re-entered the country. He asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to re-open his initial removal case, arguing that the removal was improper. The board denied his request, and he petitioned the Ninth Circuit to review that denial. The Ninth Circuit granted him an oral argument. The sample includes both the appellant’s argument and the appellee’s argument. The court gave each side only ten minutes each, so the sample is relatively short.
Rodriguez v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (2015)
Case Summary: This appellate oral argument was heard by the Ninth Circuit in the case of Rodriguez v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC. The appellant, Daniel Rodriguez, appealed the dismissal of his action under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act against the now-appellee, Sony.
Reyes v. Smith (2015)
Case Summary: California state prisoner David Reyes alleged that defendants Smith and Heatley, as members of the pain management committee, denied him the pain medication he was prescribed by his treating doctor, due to cost control. Defendants filed the motion to dismiss on the basis that plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. Motion to dismiss was granted and Reyes appealed from the district court’s order dismissing his action under the Prison Litigation Reform Act.