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February 17, 2023

Editor's Note

By: Nancy M. Olson

Welcome to the 2023 Summit edition of Appellate Issues. This issue—the publication’s largest to date—is dedicated to memorializing the panel presentations at the AJEI Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Attendees at the Summit heard from a deep bench of talented jurists and practitioners on a wide array of topics. Reflecting the breadth and depth of speakers and topics, the articles in this edition cover everything from the keynote address by Judge J. Michelle Childs of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to Dean Chemerinsky’s annual Supreme Court Civil and Criminal Reviews, and just about everything in between. For example, going beyond federal- or state-based topics, this Summit included panels covering multiple systems of justice, including “The Three Sovereigns,” which discussed tribal sovereignty and court systems, and “Military Civilian Procedures,” which examined the evolution and modernization of the military justice system. 

This robust edition would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of the Appellate Issues editorial board. To that end, I would like to extend many thanks to Linda Morkan, Kelsey Brey, and Geoffrey Kearney for their assistance in reviewing and editing our amazing slate of articles. And extra kudos to Linda for her in-person author recruiting efforts in Scottsdale, and for contributing an article. Without her dedication, several of the panels would have gone un-memorialized.

Whether you attended the Summit and are revisiting some of your favorite panels or were unable to attend and are learning about the presentations for the first time, I hope you enjoy these articles.

Thank you for your ongoing readership. If this edition has inspired you to write an article for a future edition of Appellate Issues, please email me.

Nancy M. Olson

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Nancy M. Olson

Editor, Appellate Issues

Nancy serves as Editor of Appellate Issues, a publication of the Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference's Council of Appellate Lawyers.