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Top 10 Questions for Navigating an Appeal CLE

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/13/2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Van Winkle Law Firm

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Judge Linda Stephens brings nearly four decades of experience, including eleven years as a NC Court of Appeals Judge, four years as a Deputy Commissioner at the NC Industrial Commission, and over 20 years of private practice. Linda Stephens is currently of counsel to Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP’s appellate practice group where she serves a client base ranging from small and medium size businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Linda’s distinguished career includes many firsts.  She became the first female law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Fred Hedrick, brother of Hedrick Gardner’s founder, Phil Hedrick. After serving four years as a Deputy Commissioner at the NC Industrial Commission, she became the first female associate at a Raleigh law firm and five years later, its first female partner. She served as the first female president of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and was the first person to ever receive the highest awards from both the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Judge Stephens was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mike Easley in 2006. During her years as a judge, she earned a reputation of applying the law fairly to everyone. In her last campaign, she earned the endorsements of both the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, representing opposing sides in the courtroom.

The target audience for this course is lawyers who have little to intermediate experience in appellate practice and do not do appellate work on a day to day basis. As a former Court of Appeals judge with decades of appellate practice, Linda has not only the knowledge and expertise, but also the practical experience of applying the appellate practice rules and
procedures to ensure compliance with procedural requirements to avoid unnecessary dismissal of appeals. She also has the experience of applying persuasive writing and oral argument techniques to enhance thorough consideration of their position on appeal. The objective of this course is to help attorneys develop a working understanding of how to best navigate the appeals process.

This course was designed to provide attorneys an overview of best appellate practices for navigating the appeals process in the North Carolina appellate courts. Attendees will gain practical advice for applying the appellate practice rules and procedures to ensure compliance with procedural requirements to avoid unnecessary dismissal of appeals. The course provides a working understanding of how to navigate the appeals process including techniques for persuasive writing and oral argument to enhance thorough consideration of an attorney’s position on appeal, while avoiding common mistakes.

Course Outline

I. When Does My Appeal Start?
II. Am I Appealing from an Immediately Appealable Interlocutory Decision? III. What is Required for a Notice of Appeal?
IV. Do I Want a Transcript?
V. Do I Need an Appeal Bond?
VI. How Do I Make a Record on Appeal Manageable? VII. How Do I Settle a Record on Appeal?
VIII. What Do I Include in a Brief?
IX. How Do I Write a Persuasive Brief?
X. How Do I Make a Persuasive Oral Argument?

This CLE is approved for one hour of general credit.

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Member Ticket $35.00
Guest Ticket $70.00