Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has given interviews on how to decide what to appeal, common mistakes on appeal, avoiding “counter-punching,” and how to style a persuasive brief. He emphasized three points: 1) cull and frame the issues; 2) write for the generalist judge; and 3) use good typography. Continue reading “Brief-Writing Tips From Judge Easterbrook”
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court declined to disturb a Court of Appeals decision that upheld a tort victim’s $ 450,000 jury verdict. Curtis v. Blake, 392 S.C. 494, 709 S.E.2d 79 (Ct.App. 2011), cert. dismissed as improvidently granted, Op. No. 2012-MO-043 (S.C. filed October 24, 2012).
On appeal, I defended the verdict by pointing to the Court’s limited, “any evidence” standard of review for a jury’s factual findings. Continue reading “South Carolina Lets a $ 450,000 Verdict Stand”
Earlier posts here, here, and here described the various standards of review that the South Carolina appellate courts employ. The South Carolina Bar has published a handy flow chart — SC Standards of Review. Continue reading “SC Standards of Review – A Flowchart”