April 13, 2007
Appellate techniques seminar to rock bar
~ written by Maureen Taylor, Bricker & Eckler
It’s a herd of elephants, a pride of lions, and a parliament of owls. Closer to home, it’s a crew of sailors, a brigade of soldiers, and a bevy of ladies or beauties. But what do you call a collection of Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges?
More specifically, a seminar entitled “Appellate Techniques: Making Your Case on Appeal,” scheduled for Friday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Where else can you find three Ohio Supreme Court justices, four appellate court judges and three experienced litigators and appellate practitioners, all willing and eager to share their insights into the appeals process in Ohio?
The daylong program kicks off with Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer speaking on “Getting in Front of the Supreme Court: Discretionary Appeals and Claimed Appeals of Right.” Following him, Justices Maureen O’Connor and Terrence O’Donnell will provide some “Opinions about Opinions, Procedures, and Other Concerns of the Ohio Supreme Court.”
Rounding out the morning, Judges William A. Klatt and G. Gary Tyack will talk about “How to Be an Effective Advocate Before the Tenth District Court of Appeals.”
Following lunch (included in the cost and provided by the Columbus Bar), you will hear from Judge Judith L. French, also of the Tenth District Court of Appeals. Her topic? “Ten Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was on the Other Side of the Bench.”
Then the practitioners take over for a panel discussion on “Highlights from Both Supreme Courts: What Mattered Most in 2006 and 2007 (So Far).” Douglas R. Cole and Chad A. Readler, both of Jones Day, will join Anne Marie Sferra of Bricker & Eckler to dissect recent decisions from both the Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Courts.
Finally, Judge Mark Philip Painter, of the First District Court of Appeals, will tell you what to do - and what not to do - to achieve “The Art of Legal Writing.” His talk promises to recap many of the “rules” from his bestselling textbook, The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing. Afraid you can’t remember them all? Not to worry; the book (a $30 value) will be included with the course materials at no additional cost.
And what is the cost for this jam-packed day of inspiration? Columbus Bar members will pay $160 at the door or $150 if they pre-register. The corresponding prices for non-members will be $200 and $190. Attendees will earn 5.50 hours of CLE credit, which the OSBA has approved as helping to meet the appellate law certification.
How can you register? Go to www.cbalaw.org or call 614/221.4112.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, according to Wikipedia.org, you call a collection of attorneys a huddle of lawyers. Come join the huddle at the Columbus Bar on May 11. You’ll be glad you did.