Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Always thinking about appeals

Image result for ship's riggingA well-phrased passage from a novel brings to mind the qualities of good legal editing. So with apologies to Neal Stephenson (from his Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle #1), here's a relevant paraphrasing: Effective editing of an appellate brief requires one to be like a ship's master with his rigging -- enjoying a compulsion to tighten what is slack, mend what is frayed, caulk what leaks, and stow, or throw overboard, what serves no purpose.

Of note on Law.com: Playing the Bench Game: Progressive Groups Take Aim at the Federal Judiciary: Noting the “breakneck” pace that President Donald Trump has been able to add circuit court judges to the bench, progressive groups want the chance to reshape the federal courts in 2020.

Law360 has: 9th Circ. Pick's Views Too Extreme, Liberal Groups Warn: The number and diversity of groups opposing VanDyke place him among President Donald Trump's most contested judicial picks of 2019.

Must be a holiday slowdown, because there's only 1, 2, 3 (appellate nerds will love pp. 21-27 about appealability of fees orders), anti-SLAPP decisions today!