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Appellate Practice

A Primer on Florida’s New Summary Judgment Standard

Appellate Practice
The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure are intended to “secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.”[1] The...

Forum Selection in Administrative Appeals and the “Home Venue Privilege”

Appellate Practice
Occasionally, appellate lawyers are confronted with the question of in which district court of appeal (DCA) to initiate an appeal...

En Banc Hearings, By the Numbers

Appellate Practice
In 2019, Florida’s five appellate courts collectively issued 12,208 opinions.[1] In past years, Florida’s appellate courts have collectively issued up...

Zooming In on the Impact Florida’s Remote Civil Jury Trials May Have on Appellate Standards of Review

Appellate Practice
Appellate standards of review are the lenses through which an appellate court reviews a trial court’s decisions.[1] Based on a...

The Preservation of Error During Voir Dire

Appellate Practice
The purpose of voir dire is to ensure that each case is tried by impartial and fair-minded members of the...

When Bankruptcy Appeals Attack: Refining the Flexible Approach to Finality in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Appellate Practice
Six years ago, an article in this Journal described bankruptcy appeals as the “ninjas of the appellate world.”[1] These appeals...

New Pro Bono Program Aims to Reframe the Way Domestic Violence Injunction Opinions Are Written

Appellate Practice
Winston Churchill would have us believe that history is written by the victors. As a response to this proposition, author...

District Court Review of Mandamus Proceedings in Land-Use Litigation: Certiorari or Appeal?

Appellate Practice
Imagine you find yourself in the following position. You represent a real estate developer who has been denied approval for...

Not a Foregone Conclusion: The Importance of Advocating for a Favorable Remand Instruction in a Civil Appeal from a Final Judgment

Appellate Practice
Imagine you represent the appellant in a civil appeal from a final judgment. Your client was the plaintiff at the...

Is It Over Yet? A Primer on Federal and State Appellate Finality Doctrines

Appellate Practice
During civil litigation, trial lawyers often ask whether a dismissal or summary judgment order is final and appealable.[1] Regrettably, even...