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2013 Conference

The theme for the 2013 conference was “Appellate Advocacy in the 21st Century – Bench and Bar Working Together to Achieve Justice Under the Law.” The centerpiece of the conference was an advocacy survey distributed electronically to Michigan Supreme Court justices, Michigan of Court of Appeals judges, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals staff, and practitioners, in which they expressed their advocacy preferences regarding virtually all aspects of briefing and oral argument.

2010 Conference

The 2010 conference included insightful panel discussions on civility and collegiality in Michigan appellate practice, tips on filing and responding to emergency appeals, and the complex issues that can arise when courts are asked to follow decisions from another jurisdiction – such as when federal courts are applying Michigan law (which can sometimes lead to certified questions being presented to the Michigan Supreme Court), or when state courts are applying lower federal court decisions regarding federal law.