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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!

November 14, 2019

     On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53 (2019).  The headlines in the national pressed were along the lines of “Court lets Sandy Hook families sue gu...

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....

            The First Amendment to the United States Constitution begins: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .”  The inherent tension between these two phrases was at play in...

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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