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Attend by live webinar
3 MCLE credit hours
Anatomy of a Brief – This panel will discuss the various parts of an appellate brief (table of contents, statement of jurisdiction, statement of facts, etc.) and what appellate judges like and do not like to see in each part. The panel will address the order in which an appellate judge reads the brief, whether to use charts, photographs, or maps, whether to attach a record document to the brief, how to draft issues, and more.
Waiver on Appeal – The last thing a lawyer wants to do is waive an argument. Alabama has some little known waiver rules. This panel will discuss how trial and appellate lawyers can avoid waiving an argument or issue for appeal. The panel will talk about how to preserve issues in the trial court, how to preserve issues in appellate briefs, and common mistakes practitioners make.
Original Public Meaning – In Barnett v. Jones, No. 1190470, 2021 WL 1937259, at *7 (Ala. May 14, 2021), Justice Jay Mitchell wrote special concurrence stating that “our courts should interpret the Alabama Constitution of 1901 in accordance with its original public meaning . . . .” He “invite[d] parties and amici curiae in future cases to provide scholarship and arguments that help us do that.” Justice Mitchell will discuss what “original public meaning” is, what resources could be used to define it, and how an argument might be constructed. Other panelists will discuss how other courts have addressed “original public meaning” and how that experience may prove useful to Alabama practitioners
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