February 11, 2021

Chair’s Welcome and Upcoming Events

2020-2021 CALChair, Brian Miller, Corpus Christi, TX

Welcome to the first edition of the Council of Appellate Lawyers’ newsletter.

This newsletter will typically provide three quick reads each month. You will see such items as updates on CAL activities, previews of upcoming programs, reports on committee activities, and judicial and member profiles.

The virtual ABA Midyear Meeting is February 17 to 21, and the Judicial Division’s flagship program will be “Dark Money in Judicial Elections.” This CLE program on Friday, February 19, will explore such aspects as how “dark money” media campaigns influence state and federal judicial selection, the effect of such campaigns on public confidence in the courts, and how to mitigate that effect. This program is free for Judicial Division members (including CAL members) who register (for free) for the Midyear Meeting. Just use promo code JDMEMBER at check out at the Midyear Meeting registration to access this program for free. More information is available at ambar.org/jdmidyear.

Following the “Dark Money” program, CAL will have a social get-together, using Zoom, starting at 5:30 Eastern. We encourage you to attend and meet fellow CAL members. Registration for the Midyear Meeting is encouraged but not required for this social event. If you want to attend, please register at https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscuqqqT4tE9SOuQ10qvIYYGXvt0ueLxim.

As we proceed through the year, we will announce other CAL events. For example, we are developing a series of programs on practice in each of the federal appellate Circuits, and we look forward to announcing the first of those programs soon.

We welcome member input. If you have an idea for a CAL program, article, or event, or if you want to become more involved, please contact me (at brian.miller@roystonlaw.com) or contact another member of CAL leadership.