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2021 Winter Edition

A publication of the Council of Appellate Lawyers   January 2021

In this Issue

Rule Of Law

Book Review: Supreme Inequality – The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America

At one time or another, we’ve all heard that one of the responsibilities of the Judicial Branch of government is to protect the little guy from oppression by the political branches. The courts are the place where the meek and powerless go to claim due process of law, equal protection of the laws, and the panoply of guarantees enumerated in the Bill of Rights and elsewhere.

Client Protection

Preserving an Accurate Record for Appeal in the Time of COVID-19 Virtual Proceedings

As every appellate advocate is aware, regardless of the standard of review on appeal, an accurate and complete trial court record is paramount to both advocates and appellate courts in performing their roles. For this reason—anecdotally, but perhaps unsurprisingly— appellate courts tend to prefer an accurate record over allowing procedural short comings of the parties to potentially undermine the foundation of an opinion or decision they may issue.