The Appellate Law Journal
Volume 2 | Issue 7 | 2014

The Appellate Law Journal focuses exclusively on rules, practices and procedures of federal and state appellate courts nationwide. Edited by the appellate experts at Counsel Press, The Appellate Law Journal is designed to provide a forum for creative thought about the procedural aspects of appellate practice and to disclose best practices, strategies and practical tips.
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Inside This Issue:

California Courts of Appeal: When Preparing an Appellate Brief, Prep the Record, then Stick to It.
The California Rules of Court require the appellant to prepare an adequate record on appeal. This must include items filed or lodged with the trial court that support the issues on appeal. All references to facts or procedural events mentioned in the brief must be supported with a citation to the record.

California Rules of Court: New Rule 8.701 re: California Environmental Quality Act Affecting “Leadership” Projects Filings - Effective July 1, 2014
On July 1, 2014, California Rules of Court, Rules 8.700, et seq. were updated. The California Legislature, through Senate Bill 743, shortened and tightened filing and service requirements for appellate procedure for CEQA cases. This article provides important shortened timeframes that impact a CEQA appeal.

California Court of Appeal – Second Appellate District: New Rule Change
Effective October 6, 2014, the Second Appellate District will now take electronic filings of briefs. The electronic filing will now be deemed the “original” and considered filed as of the date of the e-filing. This means that a brief is deemed timely filed if e-filed anytime before midnight, as opposed to before the closing hour of the clerk’s office.

Maximizing Your Appellate Brief for the iPad
The trend in all courts across the country is to accept, and, in some cases, require electronic filing of documents. Associated with this growing development is an increase of justices who are reading briefs on iPads and other tablet devices. The tips in these article will soon become second nature for all practitioners.

Town of Greece and Hobby Lobby – Religion in America Under the Robert’s Court
There is no telling how far this will go, but clearly Town of Greece v. Galloway and Hobby Lobby appear to be just the opening salvos. Roy Liebman, Director of Counsel Press’ U.S. Supreme Court Department, offers his view on the two cases.

Video: The Art of Appellate Services
To celebrate our fifth consecutive win in the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings, we are releasing the following video that highlights the Art of Appellate Services and celebrates the best team in the business. We thank our clients and the legal community, at large, for their votes!

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