Appellate Advocacy Blog

Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Friday, August 10, 2018

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup August 10, 2018


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).


Supreme Court Opinions and News:

CNN featured an article this week on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 25 years on the Supreme Court.  Article:  HERE.

A lot of the discussion about the coming hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continue to be focused on his prior statements concerning limits on presidential power over executive branch officials.  NPR had this story this week:  HERE.

Federal Appellate Court Opinions and News:

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion this week excoriating a lawyer for his "'incomprehensible' complaint and multiple delays" and gave him three weeks to explain why the court should not order him to pay double his opponent's costs of appeal.  The court called the complaint "clearly deficient" and asserted that it was filed to engineer to delay or prevent execution of a judgment of foreclosure.  Article:  HERE.

State Appellate Court Opinions and News: 

Four justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals were targeted for impeachment this week.  The four justices are accused of unnecessary and lavish spending on things like office renovations, cars, and computers.  The state's House Judiciary Committee approved 14 articles of impeachment, sending them to the full House of Delegates for a vote likely to take place next week.  Story:  HERE. 

Practice tips and pointers:

On Twitter, Professor Mirya Holman (@prof_mirya) had a great thread with advice about "simple, universal things that make articles easier (or harder) to read."  The advice applies to legal writing generally.  Thread:  HERE.

Also on Twitter, #AppellateTwitter had a discussion providing advice for lawyers prepping for their first oral argument in federal court, delivering a wide variety of great tips.  Courtesy of Matthew Bailey (@mindchangeframe).  Thread:  HERE.

The 2018 Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit is now open for registration.  All the details:  HERE.

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