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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Should Appeals Lawyers Write for the Screen or the Page?

Posted in Writing

With the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, and other courts moving to e-filing, an important question arises. Should appellate lawyers write for the page or for the screen? Much would turn, it seems, on whether workflow within the courts matches the way work flows to the courts. Are the judges and justices reading… Continue Reading

How I Use Evernote in my Appellate Practice

Posted in Writing

Being an appellate lawyer is pretty much the same thing as being a professional writer – with a few notable exceptions. Writer’s block and procrastination are not really an option in the kind of writing I do. The penalty for incurable writer’s block isn’t mere artistic angst. Consequences for writer’s block include a client’s anger,… Continue Reading

Is the Exclusionary Rule the New Hot Appellate Issue in Georgia?

Posted in News, Supreme Court of Georgia

If any case qualifies as an old chestnut, it would be Mapp v. Ohio, the landmark case that provided that evidence gathered in violation of a suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights should be excluded from use at trial. Restricting the use of illegally-gathered evidence is the punishment for the illegal conduct. If there’s a case that… Continue Reading

My First Georgia Appeals Brief Since Buying Typography for Lawyers

Posted in Writing

I just finished my second draft of a Brief of Appellant for a case I will soon be filing in the Supreme Court of Georgia. It is the first brief I have filed since I purchased and read Matthew Butterick’s fantastic book, Typography for Lawyers. I’ve written about this book already, and I don’t want… Continue Reading

Rob Teilhet Resigns as Head of Georgia Public Defender Standards Council

Posted in News

Rob Teilhet has tendered his resignation as head of GPDSC after only three months in office. Peach Pundit reports on the resignation in a blog post yesterday. I thought his days might be numbered when I met him last month. He came to a conference of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and spoke… Continue Reading

Georgia Appeals Court Rules “Mandate Ugliness”

Posted in Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, Writing

In his blog yesterday, Kendall Gray referenced the Rules of the Georgia Court of Appeals, citing it as “a jurisdiction with rule-mandated ugliness.” Kendall’s blog post comes at a time when I am reading Typography for Lawyers by William Butterick. I’ve learned a great deal about fonts and layout and was all excited about using… Continue Reading

Overcoming Fear to Make a Record in Georgia Appeals Cases with Juveniles

Posted in Record on Appeal

Last Friday, I spoke at a conference in Atlanta devoted to training attorneys who represent parents in juvenile deprivation hearings. The overall conference was devoted to representing parents in juvenile court. And the focus of my topic was preserving a record for appeal in juvenile court.  I still do cases out of juvenile court from… Continue Reading

Nahmias and McFadden Win Election to Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals

Posted in Georgia Court of Appeals, News, Supreme Court of Georgia

Justice David Nahmias and Judge-Elect Christopher McFadden have been elected respectively to the Supreme Court of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals. Both won by wide margins. Georgia votes made the right choice in both elections. Justice Nahmias is likely to continue to do excellent work on the Court. I look forward to his well-reasoned… Continue Reading