A bit basic and a fair amount of the content is common sense — but still a useful foundation. As a former Appellate Court Clerk, I found some of the advice is a bit stylistically conservative — e.g. making Rule 1 "Know When to Shut Up" and setting down an absolute prohibition against humour — which is probably reasonable advice with respect to the average court and average appellate judge (and to help drive home the point that appellate courts may be rather different from juries...although not always as much as one might expect, having seen how their chambers operate). Courts are institutions comprised of human beings and they evolve as times change — and I would guess that as the judiciary seems to be getting (gradually) younger, some of this emphasis on formalism and a posture of reverence might change.
- Eric T