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Appellate CLE Coming September 13th

Appellate CLE

The Appellate Practice Section ‘s annual CLE program is coming up on Friday, September 13th.  This day-long event is a great opportunity to hear from judges and practitioners and to learn about current issues in the appellate arena.  This year’ s program includes not only technology and ethics portions but also helpful topics on visual aids, modern writing, and insider tips from the clerk ‘s office.  The Section is also hosting a reception the evening before at The Raleigh Times.

If I’ ve piqued your interest, the registration materials and additional information can be found here.


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Taking Care of Business (Part II): Supreme Court Reverses Order Dismissing Appeal Based on Purported Signatory Defect in Notice of Appeal

As noted yesterday, the Supreme Court has been busy. Need further proof? How about the fact that the Supreme Court considered 279 “other matters” on Friday— a category that includes rulings on various substantive motions, PDRs, and writ petitions. By way of comparison, the number of “other matters” considered by the Supreme Court fell within the 134 to 182 range the last few times that opinions were released.


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Taking Care of Business (Part I): Rule 3.1 No-Merit Briefs Warrant (At Least Some Form of) Appellate Review

On Friday, the Supreme Court displayed how busy it has been this summer by releasing 17 authored opinions.  Justice Per Curiam (who is fond of affirming/reversing “for the reasons stated in the Court of Appeals” majority/dissent) was conspicuously absent.  Justice Earls and Justice Newby vied for the title of “Most Prolific Dissenter.”  And the Court released its first three opinions directly reviewing trial tribunal orders terminating parental rights—and for

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Right for the Wrong Reasons, Redux

NOTICE:  Take the following post with a grain of salt.  The Court of Appeals issued an updated opinion in the Ellis case on 20 August 2019. Although the opinion is still 2-1, most of the language in the original majority opinion that I blogged about pertaining to appellate practice and procedure has been removed.  The updated opinion also leaves no doubt that the issue of reasonable suspicion was first

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Supreme Court Launches Rules Notification Service

Wouldn ‘t it be great if an automatic notification was sent out whenever court rules were updated?  Wait . . . I hear you!  “What self-respecting lawyer doesn’ t subscribe to the NCAPB.com blog, which provides updates and summaries of all Appellate Rules amendments?!?”  Alas, not everyone understands the thrill of an appellate practice blog.  Plus, our focus is the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure–not Supreme Court rules on court-ordered arbitration.

Good news. The Supreme Court’s Office of Administrative Counsel recently added an email subscription service for users to receive all updates concerning rules promulgated

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Arizona Tests the Nature of the Supreme Court’s Original Jurisdiction

Last week, the State of Arizona made an interesting litigation decision.

As part of the ongoing litigation over the opioid crisis, Arizona filed a complaint against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and its owners, the Sackler family, alleging violations of Arizona’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. The suit alleges that the Sacklers stripped the assets of Purdue by making large cash transfers out of the company, and that these transfers threatened Purdue’s ability

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