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Appellate Practice

Section Focus

The HBA Appellate Practice Section is the largest local appellate bar in the State of Texas. The section holds a monthly luncheon that provides an opportunity for networking with members of the appellate bar and justices from the Houston Courts of Appeals. Luncheons are well-attended and feature high-quality CLE presentations by appellate judges and leading members of the appellate bar.

The section hosts several social events, including an annual Judicial Reception to honor the justices from the Houston Courts of Appeals and other local members of the judiciary. The section also participates in a variety of charitable and service activities, including CLE scholarships for staff attorneys at the Houston appellate courts, brief writing awards for all three Houston law schools, and administration of a pro bono program designed to provide pro bono counsel to indigent litigants with qualifying cases in the Houston appellate courts.

Link to the Appellate Practice Section’s publication, Appellate Lawyer.

New Appellate Pro Bono Program:

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Committee and the Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Pro Bono Committee are conducting a Pro Bono Program to place a limited number of civil appeals with appellate counsel who will represent the appellant or appellee before the First or Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. The goal of the program is to match clients who are financially unable to obtain legal representation with volunteer lawyers who agree to serve without expectation of compensation for their service. Through this Program, volunteer lawyers obtain greater appellate experience in, and exposure to, the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. The Courts have indicated that they will give special consideration to hearing oral argument in cases accepted through the Program.

A description of this Program is located at the Pro Bono Pamphlet for the First Court of Appeals and the Pro Bono Pamphlet for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
The Sign-Up Sheet to volunteer to become involved in the pro bono programs is located at the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Project webpage. This webpage also includes general information, sample motions, and brief templates that may help you navigate through the appellate process in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals.

Upcoming Section Event

Date/Time: April 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place:***Note New Location- April Only*** Houston Club, 910 Louisiana Street, Suite 4900
Cost: Cost: $40 for Section members who RSVP; $45 for non-members who RSVP and for Section member walk-ins; $50 for non-member walk-ins
Program:ANNUAL SECTION MEETING AND ELECTION: “Are You Compromising Your Client’s Confidentiality Through Technology?” presented by Scott Rothenberg, Law Offices of Scott Rothenberg
Information: To RSVP, please e-mail luncheon@hbaappellatesection.org by noon on Monday, April 11. Please note that, if you RSVP and do not attend, you will be billed for the cost of the luncheon. Reservations are transferable. Business attire required.

Section Chair

Hannah Sibiski
Arnold & Porter LLP
700 Louisiana, Suite 1600
Houston, TX 77002

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Member Details

Section Members: 373
Section Dues: $25

Section Officers

Immediate Past Chair
Eileen Wilson

Chair Elect
Karlene Poll

Vice Chair
Justice Wanda Fowler

Mark Trachtenberg

Jeff Oldham

Resource Materials

October 16, 2014 Program: PowerPoint
Law Review Article: October 16, 2014 Program: Eight Gates for Expert Witnesses: Fifteen Years Later
September 18, 2014 Luncheon: Cathy Smith’s “Doing Mandamus Right: Views from Inside and Outside the Courthouse.”

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