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Step 3 - Written Arguments

1. Arguments for the Appeal

Who Does This?

What Form?

When is it Due?

How Difficult?

  • Similar to a 15-page research paper.
  • Depends on your skills as a researcher and writer.
  • Depends on the number of Issues on Appeal.

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2. Response Arguments

Who Does This? 

What Form?

When is it Due?

  • Within 35 days after the Opening Brief.

How Much Does it Cost?

How Difficult?

  • The same as a 15-page research paper.

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3. Reply to the Answer Brief

Who Does This?

What Does This Do?

  • This is the opportunity to respond to the arguments in the Answer Brief.
  • No new arguments will be considered.
  • If an Answer Brief is not filed, then a Reply Brief may not be filed. 

Which Form?

When is it Due?

  • Within 21 days of the Answer Brief.
  • You cannot file one if an Answer Brief is not filed.

How Difficult?

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