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Friday, December 14, 2018

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup Friday, December 14

Weekly Roundup

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 also send emails to Danny Leavitt at or a message on twitter @Danny_C_Leavitt

Supreme Court Opinions and News:

The Supreme Court justices had their photo taken this week. The tradition has been longstanding, and a history of the quick event can be found here

The government has been busy this week asking the Supreme Court for emergency relief. On Tuesday, it asked the Court to allow it to enforce the policy prohibiting immigrants who enter illegally along the southern border from seeking asylum. On Thursday, the government asked the Court to allow it to enforce its military transgender ban. Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog reports about the situations here.  

Federal Appellate Court News:

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit participated in an event hosted by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia titled "Judicial Independence and the Federal Courts: A Historical Perspective." Here's a YouTube link to the event. Chief Judge Wood explained how important oral argument is. The arguments, she stated, show the public the judges engage with the arguments of the parties, as reported by Howard Bashman

Adam Feldman of Empirical SCOTUS wrote about the importance of the Federal Circuit this week. 

State Appellate Court News:

In a case that has winded through the courts for years, the Supreme Court of New Mexico issued an opinion Thursday holding that tax payer money can fund non-religious textbooks in private schools. 

Practice Pointers and Tips:

Ross Guberman (@legalwritingpro) tweeted about writing more like the solicitors general. His software, briefcatch, helped examine briefs over the pat 20 years. Check out his tip to score your brief too. 

West Virginia has a job alert open for appellate attorneys. Jamie Santos (@Jaime_ASantos) tweeted about the job this week. And First Mondays podcast this week guest starred Lindsay See, the Solicitor General of West Virginia, who also shared the job alert, adding that the job provides experience in federal and state court.

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