In Case You Missed It: Hail to (Soon To Be) Chief Judge McGee

Chief Justice Parker has appointed Judge Linda McGee as the new Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, effective August 1.  The information came in after we sent out yesterday’s e-blast. ... Read More

Professionalism is Paramount

There’s a noteworthy paragraph at the end of an unpublished opinion issued by the Court of Appeals today, Jacokes v. APM Builders, Inc., in which the Court wrote the following: Because we hold that the... Read More

Fourth Circuit Adds Pamela Harris; Former Justice Timmons-Goodson Appointed to Civil Rights Post; Chief Judge Martin Clears Docket; Judge McGee Will Be New Chief

It’s the “Judges in the News” edition today on our blog. Pamela Harris will join the Fourth Circuit to replace Judge Andre Davis, who took senior status earlier this year.  Judge Harris was... Read More

No Jurisdiction Means No Jurisdiction

When the Court of Appeals determines that a trial court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over a case, what does that determination allow the trial court to do with the case after mandate? The answer, as we... Read More

A Tale of Two Filing Requirements: Business Court Issues Second Opinion Dismissing Appeal For Failure To Comply With Appellate Rule 3’s Filing Requirements

Approximately two months ago, I blogged on the Business Court’s dismissal of an appeal not filed with the Business Court by the 5:00 p.m. notice of appeal deadline.  On Tuesday, the Business Court dismissed... Read More

Breaking News: Chief Judge Martin Retiring August 1

Chief Judge John Martin, who has been chief of the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over a decade, informed Governor McCroy on Tuesday that he will be stepping down effective August 1. Judge... Read More

OMG!! DC Judge’s Benchslap w/r/t Acronyms

Last week I had to get out my decoder ring.  I received a text message from a person 20 years my junior.  In a world where dyslexic keypads seem to be the norm, websites like google and urban dictionary... Read More

Notice of Appeal Perils: Further Proof that You Should Ignore Appellate Rule 3(c)(2)

Ignore that Rule of Appellate Procedure!  How often do you hear me say that?  I would wager not often, but the Court of Appeals’ recent opinion in Magazian v. Creagh precipitates a friendly warning to take... Read More

How Divided is the United States Supreme Court?

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its final two opinions of the term with widely-anticipated rulings involving the Affordable Care Act and union fees.  The justices split 5-4, in both opinions... Read More

DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar–July 17, 18 in Chicago

DRI, the Defense Research Institute, is hosting what promises to be a fantastic appellate advocacy seminar in Chicago in a few weeks, beginning on July 17.  My firm’s appellate practice group is proud... Read More

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