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February 2017

Free appellate CLE in New Orleans and elsewhere

On March 9, the good folks at Chaffe McCall are hosting a free hour of appellate CLE, followed by a networking reception. The program is Appellate Counsel at Trial: Protecting the Record and Putting Your Best Foot Forward, a webinar produced by the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee. For details about the New Orleans event, follow this link.

The same webinar is being hosted simultaneously in several other cities across the United States. For a list of the cities and host law firms, follow this link.

A welcome amendment to the Fifth Circuit rules

As most of you know, the word limits for briefs filed in U.S. Courts of Appeals were recently reduced (e.g. from 14,000 words to 13,000 for opening briefs). Perhaps to offset the effect of that amendment on some cases, the U.S. Fifth Circuit is proposing an amendment to 5th Cir. R. 32.4 that will make it easier to obtain leave to file a brief in excess of the word limit. If promulgated, the new rule will do two things:

  1. While parties will still be required to file their motion for leave at least 10 days before their briefing deadline, they will no longer have to file a draft copy of the brief along with the motion.
  2. The court is removing the language saying that “[t]he court looks upon such motions with great disfavor and will grant them only for extraordinary and compelling reasons.”

The court is accepting comments on the proposed change through March 6, 2017. To read the text of the proposed amendment and to comment electronically, follow this link.