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Adams and Reese Special Counsel Ray Ward presented his semi-annual CLE on appellate practice on May 3 for the 62nd Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar. 

Bridging the Gap acquaints recent law school graduates and young lawyers with many of the practical aspects of a law practice and to afford bar members the opportunity to obtain mandatory CLE credits.

Ward discusses appeal vs. supervisory writ; deadlines for suspensive and devolutive appeals; procedure in the court of appeal; oral arguments; briefs; writ applications in the Louisiana Supreme Court; among other topics.

Practicing for close to 35 years, Ward has significant experience in appellate advocacy with more than 100 reported decisions and countless unreported decisions to his credit. He has argued cases in the U.S. Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court and all five Louisiana Courts of Appeal. He is certified as an appellate specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

Ward has written several articles on appellate advocacy and shares his knowledge of appellate advocacy on his blog, Louisiana Civil Appeals.