8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Recent Updates in NC Appellate Practice and Procedure
Matthew N. Leerberg, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
Elizabeth B. "Beth" Scherer, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
From electronic filing in the trial courts to multi-page orders in the appellate courts, there's always change afoot for appellate practitioners. Receive an update on the cutting-edge and evolving issues in appellate practice and rules, and how you can adapt your practice accordingly.
10:10 Effective Amicus Advocacy
Justice Robin E. Hudson, North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh
Sarah Boyce, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
Narendra K. Ghosh, Patterson Harkavy LLP, Chapel Hill
Erik R. Zimmerman, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill
Amicus curiae briefs can play a critical role in appellate advocacy by highlighting facts, arguments and implications not already addressed by the parties. Hear diverse perspectives to identify best practices in amicus advocacy, including how parties can identify and solicit support from amici, how amicus counsel can most effectively advance their clients' interests, and applicable procedural rules.
11:20 Stays and Concurrent Litigation in Trial and Appellate Courts
Judge Paul C. Ridgeway, North Carolina Superior Court, Raleigh
Gagan Gupta, Paynter Law Firm PLLC, Hillsborough
Amanda S. Hawkins, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
When is trial-court activity automatically stayed pending an appeal, and when is a stay discretionary? How can appellate counsel obtain a writ when the trial court refused to enter a stay? When is the trial court rendered functus officio based on appellate proceedings? When does it take more than certification of an interlocutory order to ensure appellate jurisdiction? Listen as this panel tackles these questions and more.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:20 Trial and Appellate Counsel Relations
Troy D. Shelton, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
Patricia P. "Tricia" Shields, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, Raleigh
Discuss how appellate counsel can manage strategic relationships with trial counsel to ensure success on appeal. Then gain insight into the value appellate attorneys can add as "embedded appellate counsel" at trial.
2:30 Preparing for and Succeeding in Oral Argument
Mark A. Hiller, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill
Michelle A. Liguori, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Michael Stark, Smithfield Foods Inc., Smithfield, VA
Walk through practical tips on preparing for oral argument, from the day the argument is calendared through last-minute preparation strategies. Then learn about the dos and don'ts of oral argument as courts trend away from Zoom hearings and return to in-person proceedings.
3:40 The North Carolina Constitution in Practice
Judge Allison J. Riggs, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
R. Daniel "Dan" Gibson, Stam Law Firm PLLC, Apex
Robert F. Orr, The Law Offices of Robert F. Orr, Raleigh
Ryan Y. Park, Office of the NC Solicitor General, Raleigh
Explore recent and possible future developments in North Carolina constitutional law. Then hear insights and lessons learned from practicing in this unique and growing area of the law.
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