Margaret Heinen

From the Chair

From the Chair By Margaret Heinen It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the Appellate Practice Section this year. Since this Section was established, it has flourished. The Appellate Practice Section comprises over 480 attorneys who handle appeals in state and federal courts. There are still attorneys whose practices involve appeals but who are Read more about From the Chair[…]

Hon. Stephen Dillard

Open Chambers: Concurrences and Dissents

By Hon. Stephen Dillard (This is a three-part series of excerpts from Open Chambers: Demystifying the Inner Workings and Culture of the Georgia Court of Appeals by Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard. The article was a special contribution to the Summer 2014 Mercer Law Review Journal. Please note that the endnotes do not correspond with those Read more about Open Chambers: Concurrences and Dissents[…]

Brandon Bullard

Book Briefs: The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation

by Brandon A. Bullard In high school, I had a friend who ravaged computer manuals. During lunch, on break, between classes, often in class, we would find my friend deep in the folds of Fortran, Python, C, C++, Java, or a world of others. Wrapped and enrapt in those technical manuals, my friend bathed in Read more about Book Briefs: The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation[…]

Eric J. Marlett

Rule Changes in the Court of Appeals: An Update

by Eric J. Marlett In the Winter 2015 issue of The Appellate Review, we covered a number of significant rule changes in the Georgia Court of Appeals that became effective in the summer and fall of 2014. Since then, significant legislative changes have gone into effect expanding the Court of Appeals to fifteen judges and Read more about Rule Changes in the Court of Appeals: An Update[…]

Margaret Heinen

Joint Appellate Practice Meeting: A Review of SCOTUS Health Law Decisions

by Margaret Heinen In Aug. 25, 2016, the Appellate Practice Section and Health Law Section co-sponsored a Supreme Court Roundup led by appellate experts Erin Fuse Brown and Merritt E. McAlister. The turnout was good; members of both sections filled a conference room at King & Spalding in Atlanta. The program was also available by webcast Read more about Joint Appellate Practice Meeting: A Review of SCOTUS Health Law Decisions[…]

John Hadden

Interpretations of Georgia’s New Evidence Code – Hearsay and Character Evidence

by John Hadden Georgia’s new Evidence Code went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, for all trials and proceedings held on or after that date. While the transition was immediate in the trial courts, the delay between trial court judgments and appellate review has meant that the appellate courts have continued to apply the prior Read more about Interpretations of Georgia’s New Evidence Code – Hearsay and Character Evidence[…]

2016 AJEI Summit for Appellate Judges, Lawyers, and Staff Attorneys – Nov. 10-13 Philadelphia

by Christina Cooley Smith This year’s Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit features a conversation with the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Elena Kagan, who was sworn in just over six years ago. Conversations with Supreme Court Justices are a recurring feature at the Summit. Last year, Justice Stephen Breyer spoke about Read more about 2016 AJEI Summit for Appellate Judges, Lawyers, and Staff Attorneys – Nov. 10-13 Philadelphia[…]

Eric J. Marlett

The Life Cycle of Precedent in the Court of Appeals: Part I

by Eric J. Marlett An analysis of a Georgia Court of Appeals case, regarding its status as binding precedent, consists of two fundamental components: (a) whether, in the first instance, at the time the Court’s opinion issued, the case constituted a binding precedent; and (b) whether the case has since been overruled or disapproved, and Read more about The Life Cycle of Precedent in the Court of Appeals: Part I[…]