Current and former appeals judges moved from the bench to the podium on Wednesday, delivering remarks on what they’d like to see from Colorado’s appellate practitioners.
The Colorado Bar Association CLE and Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division presented an afternoon CLE on appellate advocacy at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. Lending their pointers and perspectives for attendees were Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alan Loeb, judges Steven Bernard and Jerry Jones, and former judge Sean Connelly.
Loeb laid the foundation for the course. Opening with an overview of the state’s appeals court, he explained its basic dynamics from how it assigns cases to how it publishes opinions.
In explaining the progression of an appeal, Loeb highlighted parts of the appellate process where lawyers must have an especially firm grasp of the details, such as brief writing — “where you really, really need to know the rules,” he said.