Appellate Advocacy Blog

In the midst of a Pandemic, COVID-19’s place atop the headlines seemed secure. Then last week, we were all witnesses to George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. There is broad anger at the injustice, the abuse of power, and the plight of another African-American killed in police custody. We are still watching protests across the country; a fuse of rage lit and now exploding. Like many, my thoughts turned to Floyd’s family and their right to receive justice, both criminally and civilly. Criminal charges have already followed for the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck…
Each week, the Appellate Advocacy Blog Weekly Roundup presents a few tidbits of news and Twitter posts from the past week concerning appellate advocacy. As always, if you see something during the week that you think we should be sure to include, feel free to send a quick note to either (1) Dan Real at [email protected] or on Twitter @Daniel_L_Real or (2) Catharine Du Bois at [email protected] or on Twitter @CLDLegalWriting. US Supreme Court Opinions and News The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Sudan must pay the over-$10 billion judgement awarded to the victims of the 1998 al-Qaeda bombing…
My colleague, Prof. Susie Salmon, recently started a podcast called Practice in Place:  Law and Justice Go Viral.  You can find the first episode here.  The premise of the podcast is as follows: [H]ow does a profession governed by precedent respond to the unprecedented? Practice in Place investigates how the practice of law and the administration of justice have adapted under the abrupt constraints of the COVID-19 era, how that has affected how and whether we achieve justice, and how those changes and that experience might or should change the practice, the profession, and its procedures forever. Produced by…
My family has been using Zoom from home quite a bit during the quarantine. My wife, a history professor, Zooms her lectures. class discussions, and student conferences. My children use Zoom for school and to keep up with friends. And I use the software for work meetings, moot court tryouts and practices, and church events. I thought I was pretty Zoom competent. Then I was assigned my first Zoom oral argument. To complicate matters, in compliance with local regulations and recommendations, we are running our office on a skeleton staff and most of our attorneys are working from home. I…
On Monday the Supreme Court heard oral argument via telephone conference for the first time, and historically, live-streamed them for the public. The case, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V., is the first of ten that have been scheduled……