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New Judges Reception Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Collin County Bar Association is hosting a new judges reception on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at Seasons 52 Restaurant in the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas. The judges being recognized include Justices Stoddart, Whitehill, and Schenck of the Fifth Court of Appeals, along with Judges Piper McCraw and Emily Miskel of … Continue Reading

Supersedeas Bonds and Julie Andrews?

Yours truly–Mike Northrup–will be speaking to the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section at noon on September 17, 2015, at the Belo Mansion.  The title of the presentation will be “Just a Spoonful of Supersedeas Makes the Judgment go Down.”  Drop in and hear the answer to what Julie Andrews and supersedeas bonds have in … Continue Reading

Mandamus Developments at the Dallas Court of Appeals

As most appellate lawyers around Dallas know, the Fifth Court of Appeals has a reputation (well-earned) for disposing of petitions for mandamus in, let’s say, a summary fashion. Specifically, the mandamus denials, with few exceptions, have consisted of three-sentences memorandum opinions, two of which were reserved for the standard introduction ("The facts are well known … Continue Reading

Summer CLE in the Windy City

The DRI is sponsoring an Appellate Advocacy seminar in Chicago on July 18th and 19th.  Highlights of the seminar include a moot argument, discussions on embedded appellate counsel at trial, in-house perspectives on appellate practice, and building an appellate practice.  Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and current Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman are … Continue Reading

Retirement News-Justice Jim Moseley

We were saddened to receive news this week that Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Jim Moseley has announced that he will be retiring at the end of August.  Justice Moseley has served on the court of appeals with great distinction for 18 years.  He has been a contributor to various CLEs on important topics such … Continue Reading

Legal Writing CLE

The Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section and Business Litigation Section are sponsoring a joint continuing education seminar on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Belo Mansion.  The session will be led by Professor and best-selling author Paul Hendrickson. Professor Hendrickson presented a similar program last year that was so popular … Continue Reading

New Fifth Circuit Judge Confirmed

On Tuesday, March 20th, 2014, the United States Senate voted unanimously to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Greg Costa to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge Costa previously was appointed as a federal district judge for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, in April of 2012.  Prior to his appointment to the federal … Continue Reading

Appellate CLE: Supersedeas

The Dallas Bar Association‘s Appellate Law Section will meet Thursday, May 15, 2014, at noon. This month’s speaker is Daniel Huckabay of Commercial Surety Bond Agency.  Mr. Huckabay will be speaking on a topic near and dear to my heart, "Nuts and Bolts of Supersedeas Bonds."  He will cover topics such as state and federal … Continue Reading

Appellate CLE on Privilege

The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  The guest speaker this month is Jadd Masso of Strasburger & Price.  He will be speaking on the subject of "Preserving, Proving, and Challenging Privilege."  One hour of CLE credit is available.… Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association Appellate CLE

The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will be hosting its monthly luncheon at the Belo Mansion on Thursday, February 21st at noon.  Jerry Bullard from Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C. will present  "2013 Legislative Preview," which will give us a look at topics of interest to the appellate practitioner that may be taken up … Continue Reading

Appellate CLE Opportunity, with ethics credit

The Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section will have its final meeting of the year on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at noon at  the Belo Mansion.  The speaker will be Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Doug Lang, who will speak on "Civility: Ethics, Professionalism, or Both?"  One hour of CLE credit is available.… Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Association Appellate CLE

The Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section will have its monthly section meeting on Thursday, November 15th, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  This month’s speaker will be Bryan Garner, who will be speaking about "Fresh Pointers on Appellate Persuasion."  One hour of CLE credit is available.… Continue Reading

Justice Fillmore to speak to Collin County Bar

Justice Bob Fillmore will speak to the Collin County Bar Association at noon on Friday, October 19th at the Center for American and International Law in Plano.  Justice Fillmore will speak on "Practice Tips in the Fifth Court of Appeals."  Lunch is provided free to members who RSVP to Justice Fillmore was appointed by … Continue Reading

Continuing Education: the Executive Branch

The Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section will have its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 18th, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  The speaker this month is Stacy Obenhaus of the Gardere law firm. Stacy will be speaking on "The Role of the U.S. Courts of Appeals in Shielding the Executive Branch from … Continue Reading

Should Clients Attend Oral Argument?

Often clients will ask me whether they should attend an oral argument.  I usually tell clients that it’s not expected and may even be distracting to the court and the lawyers, but I never tell clients that they simply cannot attend oral argument.  An appellate colleague, Andy Korn, recently sent me a discussion of this … Continue Reading

Dallas Bar Appellate Section Continuing Education

The Dallas Bar Appellate Law Section will not meet at its regularly-scheduled time this month.  Instead, there is a special meeting this month to hear from author and Supreme Court advocate David O. Stewart.  Mr. Stewart will be speaking on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  He will be discussing his … Continue Reading

Dallas Court of Appeals transitions to TAMES website

Beginning this Wednesday, August 29, 2012, the Dallas Court of Appeals’s website begins a 9-week transition to a TAMES website.  The Court’s notice may be viewed here.  The 2 main issues to be aware of are that (1) case information for cases filed after 2007 will not be available on-line until the information is uploaded during … Continue Reading

Fort Worth Court of Appeals Begins Accepting E-filings

The Fort Worth Court of Appeals will begin accepting electronically-filed documents in appeals and original proceedings through the portal on Monday, August 6, 2012.  Electronic filing is voluntary at this time.  The court previously adopted local rules addressing electronic filing.  In addition, further information about e-filing may be found on the court’s website.… Continue Reading

Run-off election

Lest anyone forget, today is the start of early voting for the run-off elections and there are a few judicial positions still up for grabs. State-wide on the Republican side, there’s the race for Texas Supreme Court, Place 4, which features incumbent David Medina and his challenger, John Devine. In the Dallas area, also on … Continue Reading

CLE on E-Briefs and E-Records

The Dallas Bar Appellate Law Section will be having its June meeting on Thursday, June 22nd, at noon at the Belo Mansion.  Leane Medford of Polsinelli Shughart, P.C. will be speaking on the topic of E-Briefs and E-Records in the Appellate Courts.  One hour of CLE credit is available.… Continue Reading