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This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

If we talk about a case in which we represented a party, we’ll let you know it was ours.

We welcome suggestions, to a point, on relevant topics of interest and comments on the thoughts and suggestions we include on this blog.

But most of all, we hope that you learn from and enjoy these entries!

May 15, 2020

As an appellate lawyer sitting at home being notified about once a day of another court order delaying an oral argument or extending the deadline to file a brief or motion, I turn my attention to issues I thought I would never find time for (like pondering the merits o...

May 12, 2020

“Top” is a word of some ambiguity. One definition is the size of the newspaper headline the day after the decision came out. On that basis, Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53, clearly is the #1 case of the year because it was front-page news i...

February 12, 2020

            The February 11, 2020 Connecticut Law Journal has an unpleasant surprise for appellate practitioners: an amendment to § 63-4 effective, guess when?, on February 11, 2020.

           The amendment is to the li...

December 24, 2019

            I write to complain about delays in issuing Supreme Court decisions.

            Just this past week, the Court issued slip opinions in two cases argued in January 2019. And that is faster than other recent d...

July 15, 2019

The Scottsboro Boys is based on an actual rape case in Alabama in 1931 where seven black boys were accused of raping two white girls on an open car on a freight train. The alleged crime occurred on March 25; the boys were arrested that day and arraigned on March 31 on...

June 25, 2019

Ten years ago I wrote an article ranking the justices on the Connecticut Supreme Court who had sat in the 1980s and 1990s from 1 to 16. I thought I would take another look at my rankings and see if I still rank those 16 justices in the same order.

What follows is my rev...

April 2, 2019

In recognition of the upcoming Appellate Advocacy Institute (register here), Attorney Horton shares with us his memories from his own first appellate oral argument.  Enjoy!

In my 48 years of practice, I have orally argued 130 appeals to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Th...

December 12, 2018

               In early December, Brendon, Dana and I traveled to St. Thomas to address the annual meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Brendon on ethics, Dana on amicus curiae briefs and I on handing appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court....

November 14, 2018

This fall being the 200th anniversary of the 1818 Connecticut Constitutional Convention, I was asked by the Connecticut Historical Society to speak in October to its membership about the importance of that Convention today. It was an interesting group to address—not my...

November 14, 2018

My wife and I were in Singapore recently for a 3-day Hindu wedding of a lawyer friend of ours. Naturally we had to find time to visit the Supreme Court. We found our way to the Supreme Court building and inquired of an official if the Supreme Court justices were sittin...

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