Appellate Practice Section

Are you interested in honing your appellate practice skills?  Want to hear about some of the resources that are available to help you research and write more effectively?  Still need some CLE credit this year?

The Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association is hosting its CLE and annual meeting on Friday, September 30th at the Bar Center in Cary. … Continue Reading

Judge Dietz shared an interesting brief-writing tip last night with The Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court. Go with a Century font over Times New Roman, and for any of you still clinging on to the Courier New days, it is time to move on.

Why Century? Two simple reasons—legibility and retention.

As stated by the Seventh Circuit in its Requirements and Suggestions for Typography in Briefs and Other Papers:

Typographic decisions should be made for a purpose.

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On March 7, 2008, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued Dogwood Dev. & Mgmt. Co., LLC v. White Oak Transp. Co.,  probably the most important appellate rules opinion of its time.  We have, over the years, often blogged about cases in which Dogwood has affected the Court of Appeals’ approach to appellate rules violations.  As we approach the seven-year anniversary of Dogwood, the NCBA’s February 2015 Per Curium newsletter includes an excellent follow-up article by Drew Erteschik and Carrie McMillan entitled “Checking in on Dogwood: A Brief Retrospective.” … Continue Reading