Appellate Practice CLE

As previously mentioned here, the NC Association of Defense Attorneys recently held its annual practical skills CLE for young lawyers.  The practical skill covered this year was appellate oral argument.

After multiple rounds of oral argument, the final round of the mock appellate argument competition was held at the North Carolina Supreme Court.  The final round was judged by experienced oral advocates, including several North Carolina appellate judges. … Continue Reading

Ours is a profession where we learn by doing.  Along that vein, consider attending the upcoming “Prevailing on Appeal” CLE offered by the NCADA Young Lawyers Committee at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh on July 25, 2012. 

The CLE combines instruction in the morning with attendees paritcipating in moot court arguments for the remainder of the day.  The morning session includes lectures from our own L.… Continue Reading

One of the questions we often hear from trial lawyers is how, in the midst of all the things to worry about at trial, to structure your objections, motions, and filings to preserve errors for a possible later appeal.  There are a number of resources available to help answer these questions, including a thorough piece by our own Allison Van Laningham you can find here.… Continue Reading

The Appellate Rules Committee recently released two new “Guides for Counsel.” These oral argument guides are designed to assist attorneys arguing before the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals.  For example, the guides provide tips for preparing for oral argument, as well as practical information regarding the location of the courts, where to park, how your oral argument time is monitored, where to sit, and whether your argument notes will fit on the podium.… Continue Reading

Whether you are gearing up to sit for the Appellate Specialization exam in the next few weeks or just looking to hone your appellate practice skills, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Appellate Rules Committee presented a wealth of useful information yesterday at the “Improving Your Appellate Practice: Gateway to Specialization” CLE held at the Bar Center. 

The Committee geared the CLE towards the specialization exam, but by all accounts the information was invaluable for testtakers and the rest of us alike. … Continue Reading