I am pleased to report that the Supreme Court of North Carolina has selected Grant Buckner as its 17th Clerk of Court.
Grant is no stranger to the appellate courts. Early on in his career, he clerked for Judge (and later Justice) Bob N. Hunter at the Court of Appeals…Continue Reading Grant Buckner: North Carolina Supreme Court’s Next Clerk of Court
Shiny New Things: Electronically Filing the Entire Record on Appeal; Oral Arguments Available by Podcast
The Countdown That Ends Before It Even Starts: The Unwritten “Actual Notice” Pathway to Losing Your Right to Appeal
This week, the Court of Appeals added some nuance to an issue that has plagued…Continue Reading The Countdown That Ends Before It Even Starts: The Unwritten “Actual Notice” Pathway to Losing Your Right to Appeal
As we send 2021 out and ring in 2022, a few developments and reminders.
Recusal …Continue Reading New Recusal Order, New Remote Oral Argument, New Rules, New Clerk: Happy New Year!
Stories of mythical creatures have taken over this blog. First it was the summer 2021 unicorn where the Court of Appeals granted (and then withdrew) its first en banc review.Continue Reading Unicorns and Loch Ness Monsters—Spotted Yesterday
Social commentators have described our nation’s current labor market as the “Great Resignation.” Baby Boomers are retiring to spend more time with loved ones. Workers are leaving current employers for…Continue Reading “Hello, Goodbye”: Appellate Courts Face Bittersweet Departures.
There was a time when I thought of a writ of prohibition as a mythical creature that only exists in fairy tales. As it turns out, the writ does exist.Continue Reading A Loch Ness Sighting: A Writ Decision with a Dissent
This week’s batch of opinions from the Court of Appeals had several appellate issues worth a mention.
First, the en banc saga comes to a close. As you’ll recall, the…Continue Reading Appellate Grab bag: En banc, appellate sanctions, and certiorari
Normally, an interlocutory order awarding attorney fees is not immediately appealable because it does not affect a substantial right that will be lost absent immediate review. But is there a…Continue Reading Interlocutory Review of Fee Awards: How Much Is Too Much?
Two significant announcements came out of the Fourth Circuit this week. The first was that the Court announced that in-person oral arguments will resume for the Court’s December argument calendar…Continue Reading Fourth Circuit Happenings – Back to Richmond and a New Member of the Court