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  • November 19, 2014

    Think You’re Appealing? Be Sure with PINNACLE’s Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

    Winning on appeal takes more than hard work and good intentions. It requires knowing the big picture, and the tricky little details. You need to know what the appellate court will consider, and how to get the relevant record before them, the standard of review, and the color of your brief’s cover page. All this information, the subtle and the sublime, can be found in PINNACLE’s Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, newly supplemented for 2014.

    Nov. 19, 2014 – You know your case, but are you sure you can handle an appeal in federal court? Listen to what the venerable Judge Ruggiero J. Aldisert of the Third Circuit recalled about his time on the appellate bench: 

    “Every lawyer now believes that he or she is competent to pursue and win an appeal,” he wrote.  “However, even though one may be a good trial lawyer and know the rocky terrain of trial courtrooms, this does not guarantee the ability to handle the slippery slopes of appellate advocacy. Experienced appellate judges sink into melancholy when they consider how shallow is the preparation of some of the lawyers who crowd their dockets.” Opinion Writing 3 (1st ed. 1990).

    You don’t want to be seen as a shallow lawyer, and you won’t be if you rely on the Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Written by experienced attorneys and court personnel, the guide is available both in print and through the State Bar’s interactive online library, Books UnBound.®

    A Trusted Guide

    Open this book and see what Wisconsin lawyers have long known. In a 1997 review in the Wisconsin Lawyer, attorney Nicholas Zales stated that “[t]his guide ... gives attorneys a wealth of detailed useful information. When considering an appeal or appeal-related issue, it is the first reference I look to.”  And the guide has only gotten better since then. 

    Besides the mechanics and essentials of appellate practice, this year’s supplement addresses such matters as:

    • when a dismissal without prejudice is appealable;
    • whether a conversion from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 is appealable;
    • whether a disputed issue of fact in an appeal from a denial of qualified immunity always defeats appellate jurisdiction;
    • whether an order quashing an attorney’s lien is appealable;
    • when an appeal is frivolous, and what to do about it; and
    • whether and when parties can conceal their identities on appeal. 

    Do your client, yourself, and the Seventh Circuit a favor. Get the guide and get the answers. Members of the State Bar of Wisconsin can buy Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal in print for $179, plus tax and shipping.

    Current owners of the print book who subscribe to the Bar’s automatic supplementation service will receive future updates at a 10 percent discount off the regular update price. Annual subscriptions to Books UnBound start at $149 per title and $769 for the full library (single-user prices; call for firm pricing).

    Current full-library subscribers to Books UnBound automatically receive this update. To order, or for more information, call the State Bar at (800) 728-7788 or (608) 257-3838.

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