Appellee Briefs: When is a Response “Too Much”?
Throughout my seventeen years as appellate counsel in the Pennsylvania office of Counsel Press, I have noticed several recurring themes regarding appellee briefs. One theme in particular stands out as a common mistake whic Read More
Pennsylvania Appellate Practice: Alternative to Filing with PacFile
Over the course of my fifteen years as appellate counsel in the Pennsylvania office of Counsel Press, there have been extraordinary changes in the means by which briefs and reproduced records are filed with Pennsylvania ap Read More
Pennsylvania Appellate Practice: Purpose of the Docketing Statement
Throughout my fifteen years as appellate counsel in the Pennsylvania office of Counsel Press, a common question arising in Superior Court proceedings is the purpose of the docketing statement. This is a form document sent Read More
Understanding Cross-Appeals in Pennsylvania
Cross-appeals are a unique area of Pennsylvania appellate practice, both in terms of how they proceed under the rules and the practical aspects of drafting briefs and organizing the reproduced record. Pa. R.A.P. 2136 covers Read More
Electronic Filing in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Live in 2015!
After much anticipation, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania looks to finally implement electronic filing in 2015. The PACFile system went online i Read More
Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure: A Look at Amendments Mandating Shorter Briefs
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopted amendments to Rules 124 and 2135 which fundamentally alter the drafting of briefs in all state appellate courts. Most significantly, the new amendments replace the Read More