A friend who occasionally offers appellate-related topics for me to write about recently suggested an article on proposed changes to the Maryland Rules governing the style and form of briefs and other papers filed in the appellate courts.
A few folks out there may think it insulting to compare my dog to some of the attorneys I had to deal with in recent appeals I’ve handled. It probably is insulting, so I’d like to apologize. To my dog. Even on his worst day, Smokey is better-behaved.
A recent drive to work reminded me of a chaotic condition within the Maryland appellate court framework, which I meant to bring to the attention of the Maryland Rules Committee some time ago. As with other issues of a similar nature that have appeared on my radar screen sporadically, but with greater frequency than my UFO sightings, this one fell off because I misplaced the post-it note I had writ[...]
Gov. Martin O’Malley now has a list of five names from which to choose the successor to retired Court of Special Appeals Judge James R. Eyler.
I should be basking in the after-glow of a very good program that the Maryland State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee, which I co-chair, presented at the recently concluded MSBA annual meeting in Ocean City. Three speakers who are truly prominent in their fields, including the Wall Street Journal’s Supreme Court correspondent and a lawyer […]
Those who missed the application deadline to succeed retired Judge James R. Eyler on the Court of Special Appeals will have a second chance, as the vacancy will be readvertised. The reopening results from the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission’s submission of only two names to Gov. Martin O’Malley as candidates to succeed Eyler: Daniel A. […]
Court of Special Appeals Judge James R. Eyler will step down May 1, about 2½ months before the Maryland Constitution would compel his retirement at age 70. “My intention has been to go into private mediation,” Eyler said last week in explaining his decision to retire early from the bench. “The sooner that occurs, the […]
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday sent Gov. Martin O’Malley the names of five candidates for the Court of Special Appeals vacancy created in January, when Judge Ellen L. Hollander joined the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The nominees are: * Andrew H. Baida, a partner at Rosenberg|Martin|Greenberg LLP in Baltimore. Baida teaches appellate […]
I have been on high alert — not to mention haunted by a profound and growing sense of apprehension, anxiety, and outright fear — ever since I learned that a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice was accused this past summer of trying to throttle one of his colleagues who had disagreed with him during a meeting […]
Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks may have gotten away with it unscathed when he chomped down on the gloved hand of the Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, but a recent Court of Special Appeals decision makes clear that similar rule-flouting conduct will not be tolerated — […]
It would be very easy to avoid wasting my time howling in the wilderness and not bother stating why I agree with other lone wolves (namely, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and the members of the jury that returned a multimillion-dollar verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church), who expressed the belief that the First Amendment […]
I’ve been a lawyer longer than a teacher, but I’ve been teaching long enough to know that you never know what you’re going to get on the first day of class. I was still surprised, however, by what recently occurred during the introductions I require each of my students to give as the first-day icebreaker. […]