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Welcome, Michelle Connell, Family-Law & Appellate Specialist!

Michelle Connell is one of the few lawyers in North Carolina who is Board-certified in both family law and appellate practice.  And as of last week, she’s now part of our appellate team!

I’ve always been amazed at just how many family-law appeals are heard by our Court of Appeals.  Pull the latest annual statistical report, and you’ll see:  about 20% of that court’s civil docket consists of domestic

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Podcast with Chief Justice Beasley

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley recently sat down with Tim Boyum of Spectrum News for his podcast Tying It Together. It was a great interview, and we recommend that you check it out. In the process, you ‘ll hear about the Chief Justice’ s childhood and early jobs, as well as her formative years as a public defender. It ‘s good stuff, and it’ s always helpful for practitioners to get a better perspective on our appellate judges.

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T-Minus Two Minutes and Counting: Uninterrupted Oral Argument at SCOTUS

For the past 25 years, an oral argument before the United States Supreme Court was considered an oddity when an advocate managed to squeeze two or three sentences in before being interrupted by the bench.  Last Thursday, the Supreme Court stunned the SCOTUS bar by noting in its newly revised “Guide for Counsel” that the justices “generally” will not ask questions of either party during the first two minutes

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Can You Appeal from a Nullity?

The trial judge who presides over a hearing or trial is supposed to, and usually does, sign the resulting written order. But what happens if that normal process is not followed? What options do the parties have?

Last week, the Supreme Court articulated one option that is not available: filing a notice of appeal. In re C.M.C. involved a bench trial of a petition for termination of parental rights.

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Petition Updates: Bluegrass Edition

On Friday, while you were you tapping your toes to bluegrass on Fayetteville Street, the Supreme Court was filing its latest opinions, with a focus on disputes over child custody and child abuse and neglect proceedings. Those are fine and well, but we like to make sure the Court ‘s other orders, especially on pending petitions, also get some attention.

The Court allowed just two petitions for discretionary review on Friday, but they’ re of significant interest to healthcare providers and medical malpractice practitioners. Each of the petitions presents a handful of potential issues,

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North Carolina’s Very Own Appellate Practice Treatise is Now Available!

Beth and Matt’s treatise, North Carolina Appellate Practice and Procedure, is finally available!  Published by LexisNexis in both print and online versions, the treatise represents the culmination of several years, and many thousands of hours, of hard work.

The treatise grew out of the same circumstances that spurred us to create this blog in 2011.  The practice of law in North Carolina’s appellate courts can be procedurally tricky.  Customs

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