Appellate CLE for those seeking La. appellate certification

If you plan to apply this year to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization for certification in appellate law, listen up. One thing you’ll need is 18 hours of appellate CLE. And one place to get a good chunk of those hours (11.75 by my count) is the upcoming DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar. The seminar will be held February 10–12, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. There’s still time to get the early-registration discount—the cutoff for that is January 26. For information about registration and the program, follow this link.

Mark your calendars

If you plan to apply to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization in 2016 for certification as an appellate specialist, one of the things you’ll need is 18 hours of CLE in 2016 in the area of appellate practice. A likely place to pick up some of those hours will be the Appellate Summit put on by the ABA’s Appellate Judges Educational Institute and Council of Appellate Lawyers. According to an e-mail I received today, the 2016 Summit will be held in Philadelphia (presumably PA, not MS) on November 10–13. If you’re interested in attending this seminar and are the type who likes to plan ahead, block out the dates now.

And if you can’t wait 11 months to scratch your appellate-CLE itch, then register for the DRI Appellate Seminar, to be held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 10–12. For details on that seminar, read this blog post.

If you plan to apply for appellate specialization, consider this CLE seminar

As readers of this blog know, beginning in 2016, the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization will begin accepting applications for Board certification in appellate practice. Among the requirements for certification will be 18 hours CLE focused on appellate advocacy and approved by the Board’s Appellate Practice Advisory Commission. As I understand the rules, those 18 hours have to be earned during the application year (that is, during 2016 for the inaugural class).

To earn a large chunk of those 18 hours, you may want to plan now to attend the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, to be held February 10–12 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judging from the seminar brochure, it looks like it’ll be a great program. DRI typically obtains accreditation for its CLE seminars from all states that have mandatory CLE. And though this seminar has not yet been approved by the Advisory Commission, I am confident that DRI will apply for and get the necessary approval for this seminar to count toward the required 18 hours.

Since 1999, I’ve attended all but one of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminars. Their programs are consistently excellent. And this particular seminar offers the rare opportunity to meet and make friends with appellate lawyers from across the country.

Why plan so early? If you go to this seminar, you’ll probably be flying to Arizona on February 10. That’s going to be Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras. If you procrastinate, you may have trouble booking a flight out of MSY (assuming that is your airport of choice). Also, DRI offers a $100 discount for early registration (on or before January 19).

DRI’s 2016 appellate seminar

If you will be looking for high-quality appellate CLE in 2016—and if you don’t mind catching a flight out of Louisiana the day after Mardi Gras—then save the dates of February 11–12, 2016. That’s when DRI will hold its 2016 Appellate Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona. The official program has not yet been released, but DRI’s e-mail blast promises the following content:

The program includes unique presentations pertaining to every stage of an appeal, including seeking discretionary review, staying the trial court decision, considering settlement on appeal (including consideration of vacatur options), and presenting your best case through effective use of public policy arguments. We will also explore the review of arbitration awards, both through traditional appellate courts and alternative methods, in the wake of Hall Street Associates. And Josh Blackman, the creator of FantasySCOTUS, will discuss how you can use Big Data to predict how judges will decide cases. We will have top appellate practitioners offering practical advice on growing your appellate practice, both within and outside of your firm. As always, we will have a mock argument before three esteemed jurists on an actual class action case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

I’ve attended all but one DRI appellate seminar since the first one in 1999. If this one lives up to its predecessors, it will be the best appellate CLE you can find in 2016. (Disclosure: I’ve been a member of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee since before 1999, and I’m on the steering committee.)

Three upcoming appellate CLE programs

If you’re looking for CLE focused on appellate advocacy, you will have three programs to choose from this fall:

Appellate CLE in New Orleans

The New Orleans Bar Association is offering some lunchtime CLE in June with two appellate judges. On June 17, Judge Stephen Higginson will give a one-hour presentation on practice and procedure at the U.S. Fifth Circuit. On June 24, Judge Terri Love will give a similar presentation on practice and procedure at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit. Registration is free for NOBA member and $25 per session for non-members. To register, follow this link.

Free La. appellate CLE materials

This morning, I presented an hour of CLE on appellate practice for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Bridging the Gap” seminar, a program for newly minted lawyers who passed the February 2014 bar exam. For attendees and anyone else who may be interested, here are some supplemental materials used or discussed in the presentation:

For reasons discussed at the seminar and elsewhere, I recommend against over-reliance on forms. With that caution stated—and with no warranties—I offer some samples of pleadings and briefs, all in PDF: