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Friday, October 6, 2017

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup October 6, 2017

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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 at or a message on Twitter(@Daniel_L_Real).


Supreme Court News and Tidbits:

There is never a dull moment in the United States Supreme Court. Here are a few interesting things that happened this week.

  • The new term is in full swing, and one of the cases heard by the Supreme Court, Gill v. Whitford, has dominated legal and political discussions because of the case’s potential to reshape politics. 


  • On Monday, the Wall Street Journal published an article that did an excellent job of explaining the background of Gill v. Whitford and gerrymandering. The article provides context for, and explains the issue before the Court. It’s worth a read. 


  • On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford,  which can be heard here. After listening to the arguments, head over to the SCOTUSblog where Amy Howe posted an analysis of the oral arguments.


  • In non-gerrymandering Supreme Court news, Scalia Speaks, an anthology of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s speeches on various topics, has been released. In a segment on NPR, Scalia Speaks  is described as a collection of speeches that provide a “fuller picture” of Justice Scalia.  The NPR segment can be found here.


Federal Courts and Opinions of Note:

This week, in Hernandez v. Sessions, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held judges must consider a detainee’s ability to pay when setting bail in immigration court. 


Appellate Practice Tips and Tools:

People have strong opinions regarding serial commas. To continue the debate regarding the use of serial commas, on Wednesday, LexisNexis retweeted an article from the DC Bar, which attempted to make a case for using the serial comma for clarity.

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