Appellate Advocacy Blog

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

Friday, May 29, 2020

Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup May 29, 2020


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 a quick note to either (1) Dan Real at or on Twitter (@Daniel_L_Real) or (2) Catharine Du Bois at or on Twitter @CLDLegalWriting.

Supreme Court Opinions and News:

The Supreme Court this week refused to set aside a lower court order directing inmates of an Ohio prison ravaged by COVID-19 be removed through release, home confinement, parole, or transfer.  The Trump administration sought to block the lower court's order.  For more, see this New York Times article or this Bloomberg article.

One of the most impactful cases that the Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling on is one involving DACA recipients ("Dreamers").  The Trump administration ended the program, which provided temporary protective status for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.  Impacted parties have been waiting for a ruling since November, and it is expected to come sometime in June.  See more from the Boston Globe.

As the calendar turns to June, Empirical SCOTUS took a look at the cases that were argued before SCOTUS in its historic May 2020 and broke down a variety of important aspects of them.

Appellate Advocacy Tips:

A recurring -- but always incredibly useful and insightful -- topic on #AppellateTwitter is advice for practitioners preparing for their first appellate oral argument.  That advice was sought and given again this week.  See Erica Tatoian's thread for the nuggets of wisdom given this time around.

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