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For Murphy’s Memorial, His Five Most-Cited Court of Appeals Cases

By Chris Mincher

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of Maryland will hold a special session to host a memorial service for one of its former members, the Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., who died in July of last year. There will be speeches by Erin Murphy and Richard Karceski, followed by a response by Justice Eaves — but no number of presenters can adequately convey just how many lives and careers Judge Murphy helped shape in the state’s legal profession. (I among them: Judge Murphy helped recruit me to my first job practicing law as an associate at Silverman Thompson Slutkin White, and he was always available to impart his wisdom on whatever tricky legal and appellate questions I encountered.) His widespread influence will long be felt.

Judge Murphy’s opinions endure across Maryland jurisprudence. In conjunction with today’s event, here are Judge Murphy’s five most-cited Court of Appeals cases — at least, according to an informal survey on LexisNexis — a brief sample of his expertise on evidence, adherence to procedure, and versatility in advancing the law in numerous practice areas.

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Appellate Practice Seminar in St. Mary’s County

The St. Mary’s County Bar Association will be holding an appellate practice seminar on August 5.

Date: Friday, August 5, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: St. Mary’s County Courthouse, 41605 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Judge Jonathan Biran, Court of Appeals
Chief Judge E. Gregory Wells, Court of Special Appeals
Judge Kevin Arthur, Court of Special Appeals
Senior Judge James Kenney, Court of Special Appeals
Diane Feuerherd, Miller, Miller & Canby
Steve Klepper, Kramon & Graham

Longtime readers will note that the event is heavy on Maryland Appellate Blog editors and alumni. Beyond Diane (blog manager) and Steve (editor-in-chief), Judges Biran and Arthur were both with the blog before joining the bench.

To RSVP for the event, email

Ocean City Panels on SCOTUS and Election Law

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

If you’re attending the MSBA Annual Summit this week in Ocean City, we hope you’ll stop by two panels sponsored or co-sponsored by the MSBA Section of Litigation’s Appellate Practice Committee

Thursday, June 2, at 11:30 a.m.
Redistricting 2022: Latest Developments on Election Litigation and Legislation

(co-sponsored with the Administrative Law Section)

Special thanks go out to John Grimm, who was instrumental in putting the program together, and to Judge Andrea Leahy, who had been scheduled to moderate but had to drop out. (I’ll be pinch hitting for her.)

Friday, June 3, at 9:45 a.m.
Supreme Court Term in Review

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Supreme Court has been in the news more than usual, and Mark and Jaime will be discussing the big cases and trends. I’ll have the pleasure of moderating what should be a lively panel, to say the least.

MSBA Panel Reviews Recent Notable Maryland Appellate Decisions

By Derek Stikeleather

On April 13, the MSBA’s Appellate Section hosted its annual program on recent notable Maryland appellate decisions. I was pleased to moderate (via Zoom) three panelists: Judge Gary Bair (retired), Carrie Williams of the OAG’s Criminal Appeals Division, and Kamil Ismail. The panel discussed six recent decisions:

Leidig v. State, 475 Md. 181 (2021): The Leidig opinion held that Article 21 of the Maryland constitution provides even broader protection than the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment. It held that a criminal defendant whose DNA was taken from blood spilled at a crime scene had the right to confront the author of the DNA report that identified him. Applying the fractured opinions from the Supreme Court’s 2012 Williams v. Illinois decision, Judge Biran and Judge Watts discussed conflicting styles of Confrontation Clause analysis including DNA analysis that was “nonaccusatory” and analysis marked by “formality and solemnity.” Noting the strong influence of retired Judge Eldridge in Maryland’s Sixth Amendment jurisprudence as well as the recent arrival of four new judges on the Court of Appeals, Judge Bair explained that Article 21 renders a DNA report “testimonial” if the report’s author would reasonably understand that the report’s primary purpose would be to establish facts potentially relevant to future prosecutions.

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Recap of September 14 Appellate Practice Event

By Lauri Cleary
Guest Contributor

On September 14, the Prince George’s County Bar Association and MSBA Appellate Practice Committee hosted, and Appellate Committee member Michael Wein moderated, a program that featured tips and strategies from accomplished appellate jurists and practitioners.

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Virtual Event: Appellate Practice, Sept. 14

Michael Wein, a founding member of the blog, has organized a terrific virtual event for Monday, September 14, from 5:30 to 6:45. Please click here to register.


The Litigation Section and its Appellate Practice Committee is co-sponsoring with the Prince George’s County Bar Association a virtual Appellate Practice program. This program will include a discussion of new appellate rules, final judgements for appeals, issue recognition and drafting questions presented.

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MSBA Supreme Court panel will be online on July 27

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

A highlight of the year for the MSBA Appellate Practice Committee is the annual Supreme Court Term in Review panel in Ocean City. Although COVID canceled this year’s MSBA Legal Summit, I’m pleased to report that the panel will be moving online. The registration link is here.

We have a terrific all-#AppellateTwitter lineup, with Jaime Santos (@Jaime_ASantos), partner with Goodwin’s Appellate Litigation practice, and co-host of the Strict Scrutiny podcast (@StrictScrutiny_); Lindsay Harrison (@LinzCHarrison), partner with Jenner & Block’s Appellate & Supreme Court group; and Amir Ali (@theamirali), Deputy Director of the Supreme Court and Appellate Program at the MacArthur Justice Center, and director of the Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic at Harvard Law School.

The event will be Monday, July 27, at 10:00 a.m. CLE credit is available, and the event is $29 for MSBA members and $59 for non-MSBA members


Join Us for the Annual SCOTUS Panel in Ocean City

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

On Friday, I’ll have the pleasure of moderating the annual Supreme Court Term in Review panel at the MSBA Annual Meeting. The program is sponsored by the MSBA Section of Litigation and its Appellate Practice Committee.

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