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The Adaptable (Appellate) Lawyer

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]I recently attended the 2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in San Antonio.  As mentioned here before, the Bar asked me to come back as a presenter this year.  It was quite an honor.

My subject was e-filing in state and federal appellate courts.  In conjunction with my talk, I published a short article in the June issue of the Texas Bar Journal outlining some recent developments.

My presentation was part of the Computer and Technology Section’s “Adaptable Lawyer” track.  The track had its own mobile app allowing easy access to the schedule, speaker and exhibitor info, maps, and the conference Twitter feed (#sbot11).

The outline of my talk appears below in case anyone is interested in a quick overview.  I have inserted some useful links to enhance its value as a resource for those venturing down the path of appellate e-filing.

6/30/11 Update:  The Texas Supreme Court has released the final version of new TRAPs 9.2 and 9.3, which become effective today.  The final version allows the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals to set the number of paper copies by separate order.


D. Todd Smith
About the Author

D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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