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Friday, August 17, 2018

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup August 17, 2018

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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). You can
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Supreme Court Opinions and News:

News about Judge Kavanaugh continues. First, the hearings for Kavanaugh have been set and documents have been released from his time working in the White House. Amy Howe from SCOTUSblog has an update on some of the content found in the over-100,000 pages of released documents. 

Second, Aaron Nielson (@Aaron_L_Nielson) wrote about Judge Kavanaugh and justiciability, concluding "Although not everyone will agree with all of his justiciability opinions, Kavanaugh’s views on the whole strike me as pretty mainstream." This, Nielson states, won't change if confirmed.

Separately, Adam Feldman crunched some serious, interesting numbers about oral arguments at the Supreme Court. His numbers show how many words the justices used and the advocates. Find the article here.  

And, sadly, news broke this week about the death of a great Supreme Court advocate, Stephen Shapiro. Shapiro headed the Supreme Court and appellate group at Mayer Brown for several years. He left Mayer Brown to serve for a time as the deputy solicitor general under the Reagan administration. Read about the incident and possible motives of the man charged with Shapiro's murder.

State Appellate Court News:

The Virginia House of Delegates voted Monday to impeach four justices on the state's highest court. The issues behind the votes presumably began with the cost of renovations in the justices' chambers. The New York Times has this article, and the ABA Journal wrote about it here. One justice announced her retirement following the vote.

Practice Pointers and Tips:

Best of luck to all 1Ls, either those who already started or those who will begin shortly. And, of course, a tip-a-the hat to all law professors. Here's to another great year. 

Elizabeth Cano (@ElizabethCano23) tweeted Rory Ryan's writing style guide. Rory is a professor of law at Baylor Law.

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