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8 Tips for Writing a Winning Appellate Brief

Attorneys who rarely practice in the appellate courts may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of writing an appellate brief.  Here are a few helpful tips:  1. Write for the audience.  A fundamental rule of writing is to write for your…

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9 Ways To Avoid Waiving Issues on Appeal

A while back, I attended a cocktail party where I ran into a fellow Pennsylvania appellate lawyer.  After exchanging pleasantries, the conversation drifted to “what have you been up to?”  I told him I was representing the appellee in the…

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Quote the Bard, not Bugs Bunny!

It is tempting to use metaphors or literary analogies in an appellate brief. Shakespeare is a favorite among lawyers because quoting the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon can add spice and erudition to an argument.  But not all appellate court judges appreciate…

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Notable Appellate Decisions of 2020 White Paper

In October of 2020, Virginia McMichael led an hour-long presentation on recent appellate decisions of note to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas civil division judges. Virginia’s entire presentation is now available to download as a white paper. Download it…

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Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee

I am delighted to have been named Chair of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee.  I hope that the Committee will become a national network of solo and small firm appellate lawyers who can…

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