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.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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.


Section Chair

Karlene Poll
First District Court of Appeals
301 Fannin
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 274-2727

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Section Officers

Immediate Past Chair
Hannah Sibiski

Chair Elect
Justice Wanda McKee Fowler

Vice Chair
Mark Trachtenberg

Jeff Oldham

Linda Broocks

Member Details

Section Members: 373
Section Dues: $25

Section Resources

Presentation Topics
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.”