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LITIGATION 101: HANDLING YOUR FIRST APPEAL BY JOHN M. MCCOY III1 �� Understand the Rules. Review the trial court’s rules about appeals from its rulings as well as the rules of the appellate court, including local court rules. �� Ensure the necessary steps have been taken in trial court to preserve issues for appeal. Some issues may be waived by failure to file written objections or otherwise lay the appropriate foundation in the trial court. �� Calculate and calendar the deadline for filing a...

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