CLE Program

MBA's A View from the Bench Series: Appellate Practice


Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Conference Room 101
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111

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This event is free.

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This FREE seminar and reception will present a panel of judges discussing practice tips and recommendations for success in preparing for and arguing appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The seminar will provide valuable insights for both new attorneys and seasoned litigators, and attendees will be given an opportunity to pose questions to the panel. The seminar will be followed by a networking reception for all attendees and members of the judiciary.

Specific topics will include:

• The role of briefing and oral argument
• Practice tips: from preparation of briefs and record appendix to having a successful oral   argument
• How judges prepare for argument
• Frequently made, and sometimes fatal, missteps by counsel
• How appellate panels decide the cases before them
• The role of amicus briefs
• Published vs. unpublished opinions

Join judges and colleagues for a special reception following the program with complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.

 The event is open to all, but space is limited. We strongly recommend that attendees RSVP in  advance. Please submit questions for the panel after registering for this event to


Michael T. Maroney, Esq., Moderator
Holland & Knight LLP, Boston
Hon. Margot Botsford, Panelist
Hon. Sandra L. Lynch, Panelist
U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit, Boston
Hon. Peter J. Rubin, Panelist
Massachusetts Appeals Court, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Judicial Administration Section
Young Lawyers Division

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