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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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 to our members. 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.
Summer 2013 has been busy and productive. The Spring issue of the newsletter came out in June. The newsletter has excellent articles and a number of excellent book reviews. The articles include “Rule 50 and Purely Legal Arguments: A Circuit Split”; “Federal Circuits Remain Split on Full Faith and Credit”; and a discussion of Clean Water Act litigation. Our Rules Subommittee is busy reviewing the new amendments for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and will be sending listservs throughout the year to update members on issues relating to the appellate rules. The Professional and Social Networking Subcommittee continues with regular postings regarding meetings and other events. The Programming Subcommittee has been meeting and planning for the 2014 Section Annual Conference and the ABA Annual Meeting proposals, as well as the regional CLE. The subcommittee members are exchanging ideas and seeking cosponsors from other committees.
The 2013 ABA Annual Meeting was held August 8–13 in San Francisco. We conducted a committee business meeting, attended by two committee chairs and a number of subcommittee chairs, where we discussed matters for the coming year. We had our traditional dinner at Lulu’s restaurant in San Francisco where we honored our outgoing chair, Tom Donlon. A fun time was had by all. This marks the end of the ABA year and the start of a new year. Tom has agreed to remain as vice-chair-at-large, an emeritus role from which he will be able to serve the committee. We wish Tom luck as he moves on to new roles in the ABA leadership but we are happy that he has agreed to remain close to us. We welcome Kannon Shanmugam as vice chair and are looking forward to Kannon’s leadership in the committee.
We have several new appointments: Paul Hudson has moved from Young Lawyers to Membership, a position previously held by Kannon that will be filled by Jason Kairalla; Roger Meyers will cochair the Young Lawyers Subcommittee. We want to thank all our existing subcommittee chairs for agreeing to continue in their positions and we look forward to another great year.
We have two new subcommittees. Former Florida Third District Court of Appeals Judge Angel Cortiñas has agreed to chair a new subcommittee, State Court Appellate Practice. Judge Cortiñas will help us liaison with the state appellate courts and will be helpful to our Programming Subcommittee with regard to speakers. Mary-Christine Sungaila also has agreed to chair a new Amicus Brief Subcommittee and we welcome MC to our committee.
Sonia Escobio O'Donnell
The Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Third Circuit
Cochairs, Appellate Practice Committee
Our active subcommittees include:
- Appellate Rules and Statues
- Internet Website
- Member Service and Bar Liaison
- Membership and Diversity Recruitment
- Pro Bono Appeals
- Special Projects
- Young Lawyers
- Appellate Practice Journal Board of Editors
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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.