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Appellate Section Co-Sponsors an Evening with the Texas Supreme Court

The Appellate Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association will jointly present An Evening with the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel at 701 Congress Avenue in Austin. Please join us for a panel discussion with ideas for improving appellate practice from both sides of the bench. Panelists will include Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Justice Paul W. Green, Justice Phil Johnson, Justice Don R. Willett, Justice Eva Guzman, Justice Debra Lehrmann, Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd, and Justice John Phillip Devine. A reception with the Texas Supreme Court will follow the program from 5:30 to 6:30. You may register for the seminar and reception by mailing a $25 check payable to “Civil Appellate Section” to Sinead O’Carroll, Reeves & Brightwell LLP, 221 W. 6th Street, Suite 1000, Austin, TX 78701, or by reserving a space by email to socarroll@reevesbrightwell.com, with $30 payable at the door. Please feel free to propose questions for the justices by emailing Matthew Ploeger at Matthew@PloegerLaw.com. 1.5 hours (.33 ethics) CLE credit has been requested.


Appellate Section Provides Comments to Supreme Court on E-Filing Rules

In response to the Supreme Court’s adoption of rules relating to electronic filing, the Appellate Section surveyed its members to solicit comments for the Court’s consideration. Comments received from the bench and bar were compiled and provided in a letter to the Court. To read the letter, click here.


Appellate Section Adopts Guidelines for Seeking Amicus Support

The Appellate Section has adopted guidelines for filing amicus briefs in appellate matters of importance to the State of Texas and to the civil appellate bar. To review the guidelines, and download a form that Section members may submit to request that the Section file an amicus brief, please click here.


Chief Justice John Hemphill Inducted Into the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society proudly announce that John Hemphill, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1840 to 1858, has been inducted into the Texas Appellate Hall of Fame. To read the remarks given by Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson at the induction ceremony, please click here.