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§ 1447(d) does not prevent vacatur of remand order under Rule 60(b)(3)

Appellate specialization may be coming to Louisiana.

The Appellate Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association has filed a petition with the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization seeking certification of a specialty in appellate practice. Here are PDF copies of the  petition and the proposed standards for board certification.

The Board has scheduled a public hearing to give bar members an opportunity to comment on the proposed specialty. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 4:30 p.m., at the Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

p.s. If you cannot attend the December 3 hearing in New Orleans, you may forward any written comments to the Board to consider pertaining to developing a specialty in appellate practice. Any questions or comments should be sent to


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It seems that as written, oral arguments in the La. S. Ct. would not count towards an appellate specialty. Any thoughts on that?

Ray Ward

Anderson: I apologize for the late approval of your comment. Typepad is not as good as it used to be at alerting me to comments in the queue. Anyway, the criteria are a work in progress. Although I have not seen the latest version, my understanding is that the experience criteria will be more flexible. Oral argument in the LASC will count as experience.

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