Style and Format

The Appellate Rules Committee has updated the Appellate Style Manual, which is intended to give practical examples and tips for those practicing in North Carolina’s appellate courts.  Though not a
Continue Reading It Never Goes out of Style

Less than a year ago, we blogged on a CLE presentation by Court of Appeals Judge Rich Dietz on typography in appellate briefs.  At the time, Judge Dietz urged appellate
Continue Reading Typography in Appellate Briefs: Courier Fans, It Is Time to Make the Switch of the Century

In Chief Judge Gregory’s first published opinion since assuming his new role, the Fourth Circuit indicated yesterday that functional compliance with jurisdictional rules trumps formal compliance.  In Clark v.

Continue Reading Fourth Circuit Favors Functionality Over Formality

When you are waiting on an decision from the North Carolina Court of Appeals, if you are like me, you anxiously scour the new opinions every other Tuesday morning.  And
Continue Reading Give The Court Notice Of Additional Authority, But Not Much More