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Appellate Practice

Appellate Practice Committee


The Appellate Practice Committee strives to demystify the appellate process through its programs and the work of its subcommittees. Committee members monitor current developments in case law, proposed amendments to procedural rules, and proposals for legislation. Subcommittees also work on appellate institutes, the National Law Student Appellate Advocacy contest, program planning, and numerous special assignments.


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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.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Appellate Practice Committee’s webpage. The committee looks forward to providing excellent substantive information and networking opportunities to all our members. We continue to deliver valuable content and updates. Our subcommittees have been busy working on the newsletter, listservs, Sound Advice, up-to-date postings of appellate issues on our website, and social media. Please continue to click on our website or join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The ABA has advised us that our program entitled “Oral Advocacy on Television: Lessons Learned from Television's Finest Fictional Lawyers” has been selected as a Section of Litigation program at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, August 7–11, 2014. Congratulations again to Stephen Feldman and Lance Curry of our Program Subcommittee for their outstanding work! We have had another program entitled “Winning Advocacy: Oral Argument from the Inside Out,” selected for the upcoming Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 9–11, 2014 at the Phoenician Resort, in Scottsdale, AZ. Hope to see you all there!

Our editor-in-chief, Ann Lofaso, is busy getting together a team to update our book: ABA Section of Litigation, A Practitioner’s Guide to Appellate Advocacy. We are looking forward to the latest edition of the book.

The Winter issue of our great Appellate Practice e-newsletter will soon be distributed to you by e-mail. It is always wonderful, please look for it and read the articles. Thank you, Victoria Dorfman and Brock Swartzle.

Welcome to our new circuit editors and thanks to all the circuit editors who keep us informed on the latest cases.

Sonia Escobio O'Donnell
The Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Third Circuit

Cochairs, Appellate Practice Committee



Our active subcommittees include:

  • Appellate Rules and Statutes
  • Appellate Practice Journal Board of Editors
  • Appellate Practitioner's Guide and Book
  • Website
  • Website "Sound Advice"
  • Member Services and Bar Liaison


  • Membership/Diversity
  • Professional and Social Networking
  • Pro Bono Appeals
  • Programming
  • Young Lawyers
  • State Court Appellate Practice
  • Amicus Brief

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Spotlight on Subcommittees

Membership and Diversity Recruitment Subcommittee

This subcommittee focuses on efforts to expand our committee's membership through membership drives, community outreach events, and presentations to other legal organizations. In addition, it works with new members to find subcommittees within the Appellate Practice Committee where they can be active participants. The subcommittee also encourages diversity and inclusion in committee membership, leadership, and member services. This subcommittee works closely with our Member Service and Bar Liaison and Young Lawyers Subcommittees in accomplishing these objectives.

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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