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Appellate Law 101

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Appellate Law |  Administrative Law |  Federal Law |  Litigation |  Regulation law |  Webinar with CLE credit
Shane Pennington |  David Axelrad |  Andrea Russi
1 Hour 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


This webinar provides an overview of the appellate process. Attendees will become acquainted with the phases of an appeal as well as key concepts like error preservation, the record, amicus practice, standards of review, and more. Along the way, our expert panelists will answer common questions: Are more appeals won or lost on the briefs or at oral argument? How do appellate courts decide issues and write opinions? And what are the key considerations when deciding whether to appeal a decision or judgment?



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

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The on-demand version of this webinar is eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, CA, CO, GA, HI, IL, NJ, NM, NY, ND, PA, TX, VT. Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees.

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Shane Pennington's Profile

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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Shane is a partner in the Litigation Department where he counsels clients on federal regulatory issues involving a number of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals, controlled substances, aviation and agriculture. A former law clerk to federal judges on the D.C. Circuit, the Fifth Circuit and the D.C. District Court, Shane brings unique insight and strategic thinking to assist clients facing complex regulatory issues.

Rated “One to Watch” and a “Rising Star” in appellate law by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, respectively, Shane has argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Ninth and D.C. Circuits, securing landmark results for clients. In a series of cases on behalf of veterans and scientists, for example, Shane raised a novel claim under the Freedom of Information Act to uncover a secret 2018 Opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel that revealed the unlawfulness of a longstanding agency policy that had obstructed cannabis research for over half a century. Shane regularly litigates cases concerning federal and state agencies that involve the Administrative Procedure Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Clients turn to Shane to advance their strategic goals within existing regulatory and legal frameworks, but also to develop creative strategies to reimagine those frameworks amidst rapidly changing industries. To that end, Shane often advocates for clients at the administrative level, working with state and federal regulators to devise novel solutions to seemingly intractable problems. He has represented companies, scientists and industry coalitions before the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Shane has published extensively on topics related to administrative law and drug policy, including the private nondelegation doctrine, the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, judicial deference to administrative agencies, and bureaucratic management and the limits of presidential power. Shane often provides commentary on administrative law issues to the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment blog and is a regular contributor to the “News From the Circuits” column published in the American Bar Association’s Administrative and Regulatory Law News.

David Axelrad's Profile

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Horvitz & Levy LLP

David Axelrad is a partner with the civil appellate firm of Horvitz & Levy LLP in Los Angeles. David advises clients, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, with the benefit of 40 years specializing in civil appeals. He regularly counsels clients on toxic tort and personal injury cases, and guides clients through the process of preserving the record in the trial court, attacking judgments in the trial court through post trial motions, staying enforcement of judgments, and perfecting an appeal. David is also a leader in providing value added briefings and educational seminars to clients on a wide variety of topics.

Andrea Russi's Profile

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Horvitz & Levy LLP

Andrea Russi is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Horvitz & Levy. As a former federal prosecutor and California Court of Appeal senior appellate attorney, Andrea brings a unique skill set as both a trial and appellate lawyer. In 2020, Andrea assisted with California’s first fully remote civil jury trial by consulting throughout the trial and taking a writ to the Court of Appeal. Andrea has served as a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law teaching appellate advocacy and criminal procedure. Andrea is a frequent speaker on panels addressing diversity and gender issues as well as appellate advocacy.