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Friday, September 22, 2017

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup September 22, 2017


Each week, the Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup presents a few tidbits of news and Twitter posts from the past week concerning appellate advocacy. As always, if you see something during the week that you think we should be sure to include, feel free to send Dan a quick email or a message on Twitter (@Daniel_L_Real).



A variety of items in the news this week concerned the Supreme Court.

Green Bag published Erwin Chemerinsky's review of the 2016 term of the Court, titled, "Waiting for Gorsuch."

Adam Feldman had a post on his blog, Empirical SCOTUS, providing "A Primer on The Government's Participation Before the Supreme Court at the Start of the 2017 Term."

Politico had a feature on Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal and his role in battling the Trump administration's travel orders in the appellate courts, including his upcoming 35th appearance before the Supreme Court, which will break Thurgood Marshall's record for minority lawyers arguing before the high court.

For #AppellateTwitter members, Adam Hanson posted a tweet this week providing a sneak peak of the new Justice Alito bobblehead, courtesy of the Green Bag.

Judge Posner in Appellate News:

As Jennifer discussed recently on this blog, Judge Posner rather unexpectedly announced his retirement earlier this month.  But that has not kept him from being a topic of appellate practice news.

Slate has been "running a series of monthly dialogues between" Posner (formerly of the 7th Circuit bench) and U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, moderated by Joel Cohen.  This month's dialogue was published earlier in the week and is titled, "Should a Judge Rely on the Law or His Own Common Sense?" 

Along with his sudden retirement, Posner also released a new book earlier this month, discussing conflict within the 7th Circuit concerning the handling of pro se appeals.  Matthew Stiegler reviewed the book on his blog, CA3blog earlier this week, in a post titled, "Posner's new book is bananas, but you might want it anyway."

Appellate Practice Jobs:

The United States Attorney's Office, Appellate Division, in the District of Colorado is accepting applications for an Assistant US Attorney to serve in Denver, Colorado, as part of the Appellate Division.  Details HERE.

Practice Tips:

The I Object! blog, a blog on preservation of error, had a post this week about the importance of "knowing when the clock starts running on your deadline to appeal."

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