Appellate Issues: "Reply Briefs: Making the Last Word Count"

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Birmingham-based Partner, Devin C. Dolive, published an article for the Council of Appellate Lawyers' 2019 Winter Edition of Appellate Issues. The article is titled, "Reply Briefs: Making the Last Word Count."

As part of the 2018 AJEI Summit, three sitting appellate judges shared thoughts and personal observations regarding reply briefs.  Attorney Roger Townsend of Houston, Texas moderated a panel presentation entitled "Effective Reply Brief Strategies:  Making the Last Word Count."  Panelists were Judges Jill Pryor and Elizabeth Branch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Chief Judge James Lockemy of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.  Remarkably, the three-judge panel was evenly divided between state and federal perspectives:  Judge Branch covered both, based on her years of experience serving on the Georgia Court of Appeals before her March 2018 appointment to the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Townsend kicked off the discussion by pinpointing the problem practitioners face with reply briefs.

Read the entire article, "Reply Briefs: Making the Last Word Count" written by Devin Dolive, at the American Bar Association's website.

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