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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.

Our all-#AppellateTwitter panelists this year are: Read More…

A Necessary and Proper Post on the 200th Anniversary of McCulloch v. Maryland and the Upcoming Maryland Bicentennial Symposium

By Diane E. Feuerherd

On March 6, 1819, exactly 200 years ago today, Chief Justice John Marshall issued his landmark McCulloch v. Maryland opinion, on behalf of a unanimous Supreme Court. On its face, McCulloch confirmed the federal power to create a national bank free from state taxation. But more enduring than the national bank’s charter (which expired by 1836) is the holding in favor of Congress’s implied powers, under the “Necessary and Proper” clause of the Constitution’s Article I, Section 8. Today, law students and elite legal minds alike continue to study the case and its lasting impact on our government framework and constitutional jurisprudence. Read More…

Upcoming Events: Appellate Practice in Maryland

From our inbox.

Join the MSBA Continuing Legal Education Department for a new presentation of Appellate Practice in Maryland, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center in Baltimore, MD and on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center in Rockville, MD.

If fish could talk, who would ask an Angler how to catch a fish? These judges can talk. Let’s ask them how to win on appeal.

Questions and Answers on Effective Appellate Practice with The Honorable Daniel A. Friedman and The Honorable Sally D. Adkins (Baltimore location) and The Honorable Daniel A. Friedman and The Honorable Irma Raker (Rockville location).

Leading the event will be Emily Malarkey, Esq., Steven M. Klepper, Esq. and Paul Mark Sandler, Esq. Members and guests will be invited to pose questions of their own.

Registrants will have the chance to buy Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State and Federal, Fifth Edition at 10% off its regular sale price.

Two hours of credit with the surrounding MCLE states will be offered. If you cannot join us in Baltimore, the Rockville program will be webcast live concurrently and available online on-demand a week after the program.

For more information and to register for the program follow this links:



Upcoming Event: Appellate Practice Tips from the Bench and Bar


This flier just arrived in the email inboxes of MSBA Section of Litigation and Young Lawyer’s Section members. Click here to register. It’s an excellent opportunity to hear from Judges Hotten, Wright, and Fader.

Flyer for Appellate Program

The topics of discussion will include:

  • Standards of review
  • Issue & error preservation
  • The final judgment rule
  • Appellate issue selection (COSA)
  • Cert. issue selection (COA)
  • The brief
  • Oral argument

Five Years of the Maryland Appellate Blog

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

The Maryland Appellate Blog officially launched five years ago today. The launch coincided with the first arguments of the September 2013 Term, which was Chief Judge Barbera’s first full term as chief judge. Read More…

Event: Maryland Impact Cases, November 28

On the evening of Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the MSBA Section of Litigation and its Appellate Practice Committee will be presenting a panel, Maryland Impact Cases, at the Court of Appeals courtroom in Annapolis. The panel includes the always-entertaining Senior Judge Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., alongside Carrie Williams (Chief of the OAG’s Criminal Appeals Division) and Tim Maloney.

Please join us for an evening of networking, dialogue, and presentations discussing recent impact decisions from Maryland’s appellate courts. You can register here.

Information is below:

Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
Fourth Floor
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401


5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Social Hour Reception – Foyer to the Courtroom

Cash Bar (Beer & Wine) & Hors D’oeuvres

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Court of Appeals Courtroom

Speaker Presentations and Audience Questions


$20.00 for MSBA Litigation Section Members

$35.00 for others


Please register at this link
or by mailing your check payable to the MSBA, Attention: Angela Munro, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201.

Hurry because space is limited.  

Event: Chambers Chat with COSA Judge Beachley

From our inbox…

The YLS of the Frederick County Bar and MSBA YLS is hosting a

Chambers Chat


The Honorable Donald E. Beachley

Judge at the Court of Special Appeals


Wednesday September 27, 2017

5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Miles & Stockbridge

30 West Patrick Street, 5th Floor

Frederick, Maryland 21701

Judge Beachley will be talking to the group about (1) preserving the record; (2) concise briefing; (3) and oral argument techniques.  There will also be a question and answer period.

Refreshments will be provided

RSVP not required

For more information please email Detric Kemp at

Many thanks to Ocean City SCOTUS panel

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

This past weekend was my first time moderating the annual Supreme Court term-in-review panel in Ocean City, as part of the MSBA’s Annual Meeting. I had the pleasure of introducing Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, Jim Feldman of the University of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Law Clinic, and Catherine M.A. Carroll of WilmerHale. Read More…