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Effective Appellate Litigation: Improving Your Practice in State and Federal Courts of Appeals (2021 Appellate Practice Section Program)

When done well, the practice of appellate litigation is the art of constantly learning. Even the most experienced appellate litigator can learn from colleagues of the bench and the bar more effective ways to frame an argument, supervise junior attorneys and navigate the rules to best serve one's clients and the courts.

Amidst it all, appellate litigators must continue to learn how to deal with the demands and stress of the profession. During this program, superstars of the North Carolina bench and bar cover these topics and more to help you become a better and more effective appellate attorney.


  • The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Litigation in North Carolina Courts
  • Hidden Gems: The Surprising Stories Behind Some of North Carolina's Appellate Practices
  • Strategies and Resources for Addressing the Risks of Remote Work for Mental Health and Professionalism
  • From the Private Bar to the Federal Bench: What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then
  • Issue Framing
  • Cross-Appeals: What, Why, When and How in State and Federal Courts
  • The Lighting of a Fire: Lessons Learned in Supervising Appellate Clinic Students

Rebroadcast (Original Live Webcast Date: June 3-4, 2021)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
8:55 AM–4:00 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Judge Allison J. Rushing, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Asheville
  • Judge Allegra Collins, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Judge Richard D. Dietz, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Judge Fred Gore, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Judge Lucy N. Inman, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Sean E. Andrussier, Duke University School of Law, Durham
  • James W. Doggett, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
  • Robert E. Harrington, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
  • Richard E. Hicks Ph.D., HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PA, Chapel Hill
  • Mark A. Hiller, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Raleigh
  • John J. Korzen, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem
  • Matthew N. Leerberg, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
  • Timothy P. Lendino, Compass Group North America, Charlotte
  • Michelle A. Liguori, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
  • Sripriya Narasimhan, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
  • Elizabeth Brooks Scherer, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh

NCBA Appellate Practice Section

  • Jonathan Y. Ellis, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC (Planner)
  • Erik R. Zimmerman, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Substance Abuse/Mental Health
1.00 Technology Training
Qualifies for NC State Bar Appellate Practice Specialization


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.