Appellate news

Mud season doldrums may be upon us, but there’s always appellate news to report.

Mark your calendar for May 2

The Maine SJC is having another of its popular seminars on May 2, 2018, this time called “New Directions in Appellate Practice.”  There was a big crowd at the last one, and this seminar is not to be missed if you do any appeals work, or even if you don’t, and want to hob nob with the SJC (and fulfill your ethics CLE requirement).  Here’s the program brochure, which includes at the end a list of questions and issues for appellate practice.  (brochure)

The big topics of the day are:  (1) the changes made in the restyled Rules of Appellate Procedure; and (2) the future changes in practice and rules prompted by the evolution to e-filing.  One important subset of these topics is the Appendix – there were some significant changes in the restyled rules.  You don’t want to screw up this filing.

You can see that the SJC is looking for public input on all these issues.  I’m on the appellate rules committee and am also interested in whatever thoughts you have on these questions and the rules in general, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with your input.  Just send me an email or call.


A little while ago we blogged on the visit Mainers Brann & Isaacson would be making to the Big Show for retail email sellers in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.  (Quill redux for Maine counsel)  As we previously noted, the question presented in this case is whether the Court should abrogate Quill Corp. v. North Dakota’s rule on when such sales can be taxed.  Oral argument has now been set for April 17.  Here’s a link to the Scotusblog case page.