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Welcome to our Appellate & Ethics Blog!

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!

July 10, 2020

Last month, Justice Gorsuch held that the 1964 Civil Rights Act extends employment protection to gay and transgender folks, because that's what the law says even if it's not what anyone who wrote it meant to do.  Bostock v. Clayton Cty., Georgia, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020)...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, No. 17-1618 (U.S. June 15, 2020), that Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  Much has been written on the s...

June is LGBTQ Pride month, which explains the appearance of rainbow flags everywhere.  June 12 is the anniversary of the Pulse Night Club massacre where a gunman killed nearly 50 people in a gay night club.  Nevertheless, on June 12, 2020, the Trump administration anno...

​We are currently experiencing an apocalypse.  No, not the end-of-the-world kind that is frequently the subject of sci-fi movies, even if it feels like it at times.  Rather, we are experiencing an apocalypse in its original sense.  The word apocalypse come from the Gre...

March 27, 2019

In March 2019, the Connecticut Supreme Court announced a new policy regarding the solicitation of amicus briefs.  Previously, the Court had issued invitations to specific organizations in some cases to submit amicus briefs.  Under the new policy, the Court will issue a...

June 8, 2017

By: William R. Adams

George Washington Law School, Class of 2020

            Congress’ approval rating is at 20%,[1] but the re-election rate in 2016 was 95%.[2] How do politicians with such low approval ratings continue to get re-elected? One word: Gerrymandering. For c...

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