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Appellate Practice



Subcommittee Descriptions

Appellate Practice Journal Board of Editors
Our board of editors has primary responsibility for compiling and editing the content of our quarterly Appellate Practice Journal and for placing that content in an accessible and enjoyable format for our committee members. We recently completely revamped the layout and content of the Appellate Practice Journal and are pleased to offer a publication that contains scholarly analysis and practical advice for general appellate practitioners as well as for young lawyers and lawyers of diverse backgrounds. The Appellate Practice Journal is in the process of being converted to digital format to increase availability to our members.

Appellate Rules and Statutes Subcommittee
This subcommittee focuses on reviewing amendments or changes to existing federal and state appellate rules and statutes as well as new federal and state appellate rules and statutes analyzing those developments for our committee members and, more generally, for the legal community. The subcommittee issues a monthly listserv to the entire Appellate Practice Committee on issues related to appellate rules and submits scholarly articles to the Appellate Practice Journal for publication.

Internet Website Subcommittee
This subcommittee is responsible for maintaining and providing content to the Appellate Practice Committee’s website. The website has been recently redesigned and better highlights the outstanding case notes and articles available to members. This subcommittee works closely with the Appellate Practice Journal board of editors to enhance content and will be working with the Special Projects Subcommittee on making programming content more available.

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, this subcommittee works with new members to find a particular subcommittee where they can be active participants. This subcommittee works to ensure that lawyers of diverse backgrounds become more involved and progress to leadership positions in the Appellate Practice Committee, as well as ensuring member-services-focused diverse communities.
This subcommittee works closely with our Member Service and Bar Liaison and Young Lawyers Subcommittees in accomplishing these objectives

Member Services and Bar Liaison Subcommittee
This subcommittee focuses on developing and maintaining relationships with other national, state, and local bar associations for the purposes of joint programming and initiatives, membership recruitment, and community service. This subcommittee also actively works with our Membership and Diversity Recruitment and Young Lawyer Subcommittees to attract lawyers of diverse backgrounds and younger lawyers to the Appellate Practice Committee and also to identify services particularly helpful to those lawyers. The subcommittee sends a monthly listserv to the Appellate Practice Committee to announce upcoming committee events and matters of interest.

Pro Bono Appeals Subcommittee
This subcommittee focuses on identifying opportunities for committee members to participate in pro bono appeals and coordinating requests for help from federal and state appellate courts. In recent years, our committee members have been involved in a wide variety of pro bono appeals including death-penalty appeals, immigration appeals, appeals on behalf of indigent criminal defendants, and appeals involving bankruptcy and family law issues for economically disadvantaged clients. Our committee members have in the past been involved in high-profile pro bono cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. The subcommittee is involved in a project to create a central repository of information about pro bono appeal programs in each federal and state appellate court.

Programming Subcommittee
This subcommittee develops and presents programs for our committee in many forums. We frequently present formal substantive programs at both the Section of Litigation Annual Conference and the ABA Annual Meeting. For example, at the most recent Section Annual Conference in April 2010, our committee presented a three-program track of appellate programs ranging from a panel on current U.S. Supreme Court practice to one of appellate judges discussing winning strategies. For the August 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, our committee presented a mock oral argument to a panel of all women appellate judges to consider gender influences on decision making. This subcommittee also develops CLE teleconferences and is in the process of developing regional CLE programs focusing on appellate writing and oral advocacy for young lawyers and law students.

Special Projects Subcommittee
This subcommittee works on special issues and publications for the committee. This subcommittee produced the Appellate Practice Committee’s book, A Practitioners’ Guide to Appellate Advocacy, which is now available through the ABA.

State Court Appellate Practice

The State Court Appellate Practice subcommittee integrates state-court judges and issues facing state appellate courts with topics of interest to the ABA Section of Litigation. The subcommittee encourages the participation of state appellate judges in ABA programs and works closely with other sections to raise awareness of issues facing state appellate courts.

Young Lawyers Subcommittee

This subcommittee focuses on providing services to and recruitment of young or junior lawyers. It often helps to provide content for our committee website and publications that would be particularly beneficial to young or more junior lawyers. This subcommittee will be working closely with the Programming Subcommittee on developing and presenting a regional CLE program.
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