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Live Webcast | Appellate Lawyering in Context (2022 Appellate Practice Section Program)

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Appellate advocacy is a specialized practice that requires keen attention to the law, skillful writing and persuasive argumentation. Appellate lawyers employ these skills within a wide variety of contexts, including both the public and private sectors, and the civil and criminal spheres.

This year's CLE program brings together some of the most accomplished appellate practitioners in North Carolina and beyond, along with professors and former judges, to look at appellate practice in context and to extract tips for honing and expanding your appellate practice.

Gain valuable insight from this diverse group of appellate practitioners as they share their perspectives and explore the relative lack of diversity within appellate practice, the importance of a diverse and dynamic appellate bar, and ways to achieve that goal.


  • The Government's Appellate Lawyers: A View From the State and Federal Offices of the Solicitor General
  • Appellant and Appellee Briefs: Writing Tips From the Criminal Context for All Appellate Lawyers
  • Increasing Diversity in the Appellate Bar
  • The Latest in North Carolina Appellate Practice: Recent Amendments to the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure and Case Law Update
  • Building and Maintaining an Appellate Practice
  • Maximizing Moots

Live Webcast
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
8:55 AM–4:40 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Justice (Ret.) Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Supreme Court of North Carolina, Fayetteville
  • Judge (Ret.) Wanda G. Bryant, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Durham
  • Solicitor General Ryan Y. Park, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
  • Tillman J. Breckenridge, Stris & Maher LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Ian L. Courts, The Appellate Project, Washington, D.C./Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, PA
  • Christy C. Dunn, Young Moore & Henderson PA, Raleigh
  • Jonathan Y. Ellis, McGuireWoods, Washington, D.C./Raleigh
  • Glenn Gerding, North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender, Durham
  • Andrew Hessick, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill
  • Geeta N. Kapur, Attorney & Counselor at Law and Adjunct Law Professor, Durham
  • Sherri Horner-Lawrence, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
  • Matthew N. Leerberg, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
  • Jennifer P. May-Parker, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh
  • Jonathan G. McGirt, Attorney at Law, Raleigh
  • Caitlin A. Mitchell, Nexsen Pruet, Raleigh
  • Matthew W. Sawchak, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Raleigh

NCBA Appellate Practice Section

  • Quintin D. Byrd, Q Byrd Law, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Michelle A. Liguori, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
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.