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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.

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July 8, 2016

“In physics, every action has its equal and opposite reaction.  In politics, every action has its predicable overreaction.”

Barber v. Bryant, 2016 WL 3562647, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___ (S.D. Miss. June 30, 2016).

Just over a year ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized...

July 8, 2016

Soon after Johnny Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run crash a few weeks ago, his lawyer “accidentally” sent a lengthy text message to the Associated Press suggesting that Manziel might be unable to stay clean while on trial for allegations of domestic violence. Among...

July 7, 2016

Justice Espinosa has done us all a favor in her dissenting opinion in State v. Peeler, 321 Conn. 375, by giving us the complete list of cases, for the nine years Chase Rogers has been the Chief Justice, in which the Supreme Court has overruled prior decisions of the Su...

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