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Appellate Practice - Virginia and Federal Courts, 6th Ed

Publication Year: 2016
Practice Area: Litigation/Trial Practice

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L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C., Virginia Beach.
L. Steven Emmert, co-editor and author of Chapter 7, practices with the Virginia Beach firm of Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C. He focuses his practice exclusively on appellate advocacy in the state and federal courts. Mr. Emmert is a frequent lecturer in Virginia and elsewhere on appellate topics, and maintains a free website devoted to appellate practice in Virginia at He is a member of the Virginia State Bar (Past Chair, Appellate Practice Committee), Virginia Beach and Federal Bar Associations, Virginia Bar Association (Founder and Past Chair, Appellate Practice Section), the Boyd-Graves Conference (Past Chair), Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association (Council of Appellate Lawyers), and Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Emmert is admitted to practice in Virginia courts, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Court Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received his undergraduate degree from Richmond College in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982.

Frank K. Friedman, Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke.
Frank Friedman, co-editor and author of Chapter 5, is chairman of the Woods Rogers Appellate team. He has handled appeals across a broad spectrum of topics ranging from personal injury, property rights, labor and employment, to criminal, domestic, tax, products liability, and malpractice.

Erin Ashwell, R. Johan Conrod, John D. Eure, D. Arthur Kelsey, Benjamin V. Madison, Stephen R. McCullough, Lauren Tallent Rogers, George A. Somerville, Farnaz F. Thompson, J. Harvie Wilkinson Jr.

Table of Contents:

 Title and Copyright
 Chapters and Authors
 About the Editors and Authors
 In Memoriam
Chapter 1 - The Virginia Judicial System: Organization and Structure
Chapter 2 - Appeals to the Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court of Virginia
Chapter 3 - Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals
Chapter 4 - Extraordinary Writs and Unusual Appeals - State and Federal Courts
Chapter 5 - Appellate Brief Writing
Chapter 6 - Motions Practice in State and Federal Courts
Chapter 7 - Effective Oral Argument
Chapter 8 - Some Observations by the Judges
 Table of Authorities