The legal aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic will be surfacing for years to come. But for those waiting for pendent-appellate jurisdiction and Rule 54(b) sightings, a recent Court of AppealsContinue Reading School Fees and the Lockdown (Plus an Update on Pendent Appellate Jurisdiction and Amended Rule 54(b) Certifications)
The Court of Appeals’ latest batch of opinions includes several reminders about the importance of proving that appellate jurisdiction is proper in an appellant’s opening brief. Not in a conclusory…Continue Reading Relying on a Motion to Dismiss Response to Address Appellate Jurisdiction Arguments? Maybe Don’t Count on It
If there’s one thing readers of this blog can count on, it is that every even-numbered year ends with a gush of opinions from both appellate courts as the judges…Continue Reading Clearing the Decks While Decking the Halls
It’s not unusual to see changes on the bench with the arrival of a new year. Come January 1, 2023, Justice Dietz and Justice Allen will join the Supreme…Continue Reading A Season of Transitions at the Supreme Court
Writer and futurist Alvin Toffler cautioned, “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” Today’s…Continue Reading Avoiding Big Problems with Small Details: Protecting Sensitive Information and Including the “Littlest Big” Detail With Notices of Appeal
For both civil and criminal appeals, the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure require an appealing party who is filing a written notice of appeal to identify “the judgment or…Continue Reading What Rulings Should You Include in a Notice of Appeal?
Retired N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough unexpectedly died this week in Las Vegas, where he had retired with his wife, Lucci.
Judge McCullough had a storied career, reaching…Continue Reading Judge Doug McCullough (1945-2022)
The Supreme Court of North Carolina is seeking a qualified attorney to review its opinions before publication and to assist the Supreme Court’s Administrative Counsel with other projects—including drafting amendments…Continue Reading Now Hiring: North Carolina Supreme Court
When I was a law clerk, I told my judge that I wanted to be an appellate lawyer. Her Honor informed me that there is no better way to get…Continue Reading Appellate Job Opening at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh