Author Archives: Appellate Law Blog

Jury Instructions, Part I: Preserving Your Appellate Issues

A trial lawyer must always take special care to properly preserve a trial court’s errors relating to jury instructions. CONTINUE READING...

Original Proceedings, Part III: To seek or not to seek Prohibition – Temperance is Suggested

Stop! Have you ever wanted to say this before a trial judge rules? CONTINUE READING...

Original Proceedings: Part I – The Basics of Certiorari

In this post, which is the first in a series on original proceedings, Jennifer Sommerville and Suzanne Labrit provide a primer on the basics of common law certiorari jurisdiction and procedure with respect to non-final orders in civil cases. CONTINUE READING...

There is a Quiet Revolution in Appellate Brief Writing

Is something lost when a Judge reads our argument only from an electronic screen? Steve Maher examines this question and offers suggestions about how to approach briefing in the ‘post-revolutionary” environment. CONTINUE READING...

Keep it Brief: What You Should Know About the Changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure will take effect December 1, 2016. Steve Maher discusses the controversial change in reduction of type-volume limitations for appellate briefs. CONTINUE READING...