Law360 recently featured 6 Tips for Maximizing Your 15 Minutes at the Federal Circuit.
Unlike some appellate courts, the Federal Circuit is known as a hot bench, and one very familiar with the law of the specific subject matters that come before the court. The article's tips are: Know Your Case Cold; Predict the Questions; Argue Only the Best of the Best [of your issues]; Know Your Audience; Keep it Civil; and Practice Makes Perfect.
Sticking with the 6-tips theme, Law360 also published The 6 Phrases that Should be Banned from Legal Writing. They are: ‘Wherefore, premises considered’; ‘Such further relief as the court may deem just and proper’; ‘By and through undersigned counsel’; ‘It is axiomatic’; ‘Moves this honorable court’; and ‘The great weight of legal authority’.
Last month (on Sept. 16) the Second Circuit issued an interesting decision in , 2d Cir. No. 14-723 9/16/15, reported in BNA under the headline: Obeying Judge's Rule Results in Forfeited Appeal; Holding: Equitable tolling of the federal filing deadline for notices of appeal wasn't warranted though the late filing was due to obeying a judge's rule. Apparently the judge had a rule prohibiting litigants from filing motions until they are fully briefed.