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Ninth Circuit Rules in Flam v. Flam

The Ninth Circuit has held that a remand order made under 28 U.S.C. 1447(c) is not within the power of a magistrate judge to issue under 28 U.S.C. 636.

SCOTUS Unanimously Decides Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank

The Court held that a decision by a bankruptcy court rejecting a proposed Article 13 plan under the Bankruptcy Code is not a final order for appellate purposes.

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in Excessive-Force Case

Kingsley v. Henrickson involves the question of whether the requirements of a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 excessive-force claim are satisfied by a showing that the state actor deliberately used objectively unreasonable force against a pretrial detainee.

Articles »

Practical and Ethical Considerations in Confessing Error on Appeal

By Sylvia H. Walbolt and Nick A. Brown

No appeal is worth endangering your professional reputation.

Tips on Effective Editing

By Ashley Burkett

Editing can be the difference between a brief that gets read and one that gets skimmed.

Emerging Issues in IP Appellate Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration

By John C. Heinbockel, Alvaro Peralta, and Jarrad Wood

Teva, Winter, and the International Chamber of Commerce 2012 Rules have brought many changes.

Sound Advice »

audio Are Rule 50 Motions Required to Preserve Error for Purely Legal Questions?

By Kelli Bills

Dallas litigator Kelli Bills reviews some of the latest rulings from around the country regarding Rule 50 motions. (11:07 min.)

audio The Last 24 Hours Before Oral Argument

By Ted Hirt and Kannon K. Shanmugam

Advanced preparation is critical to the success of oral argument. Kannon Shanmugam and Ted Hirt discuss ideas for what to do in the final stages of the preparation process. (9:33 min.)

audio Common Mistakes in Appellate Practice and How to Avoid Them

By Mark Fulks

Veteran appellate attorney Mark Fulks highlights some common mistakes during the appeal process, in hopes that you will avoid those issues in your practice. (13:21 min.)

Roundtables »

audio The Importance of Amicus Briefs, with Former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Clifford W. Taylor

A lively discussion about the importance of amicus briefs and how to use them to protect your clients' interests. (29:50)

audio The Supreme Court's First Decision on the Class Action Fairness Act: Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles

Learn what the decision means for plaintiffs and defendants litigating class actions. (1:01:03)

Announcements »

Programming at 2015 Section Annual Conference

The Appellate Practice Committee is sponsoring two programs at the upcoming Section Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Read more.

Committee Open Call

In March, we will have an open call in which all members, not just the committee and subcommittee chairs, can call in and participate. Read more.

Seeking Contributors

The Appellate Practice Committee is seeking authors to write for its website. Please contact Robert A. Vort or Sanford Hausler for more information.


Appellate Practice Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editors
Sonia O'Donnell

Miami, FL

Joseph A. Greenaway, Third Circuit

Newark, NJ

Sanford Hausler

New York, NY

Robert A. Vort

Hackensack, NJ

Victoria Dorfman

New York, NY

Brock Swartzle

Detroit, MI