Feb. 6, 2013 – When the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced, in Blum v. 1st Auto & Casualty Insurance Co. in 2010, that it was creating a “bright-line rule nullifying the precedential value of an overruled court of appeals decision,” it likely did not anticipate that it would need to clarify that rule only two years later. Nevertheless, in a 2012 decision, the supreme court acknowledged post-Blum courts’ confusion when interpreting whether a pre-Blum “‘overruling’ of a court of appeals decision really intended to overrule the entire decision or only a portion of it.” The December 2012 supplement to Appellate Practice and Procedure in Wisconsin includes a helpful analysis of this clarifying decision, as well as discussions of other recent developments relating to appellate practice.
The State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Appellate Practice and Procedure, written by attorney Michael S. Heffernan, offers practical guidance on such basic steps as
- filing a notice of appeal,
- preparing appellate briefs,
- presenting oral argument, and
- petitioning for supreme court review.
The book also explains such specific procedures as
- expedited appeals,
- one-judge appeals,
- administrative appeals,
- petitions for supervisory relief, and
- postdecision motions.
Appendices Put Helpful Resources in Your Hands
Appellate Practice and Procedure includes several indispensable appendices, among them an extensive “Standards of Appellate Review” outline, prepared by the Honorable Richard S. Brown, current chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. This appendix focuses on the standards followed by appellate courts when reviewing circuit court decisions.
Another appendix contains 30 forms used in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, newly reviewed in December 2012 by Diane Fremgen, current clerk of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
All forms are included on an updated CD-ROM that accompanies the print book (subscribers to Books UnBound®, PINNACLE's subscription-based online library, can access the forms online). Other appendices include listings of contact numbers and addresses of offices pertinent to appellate practice; materials for expedited appeals; and the complete text of the Wisconsin Rules of Appellate Procedure, as amended by supreme court orders through Nov. 1, 2012, and by acts through the regular 2011–12 legislative session.
Order Your Copy Today
The print version of Appellate Practice and Procedure is available to members for $179 and nonmembers for $229, plus tax, shipping, and handling; subscribers to the Bar’s automatic supplementation service receive updates at a discount off the regular price. Annual subscriptions to Books UnBound start at $149 per title and $649 for the full library (single-user prices; call for law-firm pricing). To order Appellate Practice and Procedure, or for more information, visit WisBar’s Marketplace or contact the State Bar at (800) 728-7788 or (608) 257-3838.