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The Texas Appellate Law Podcast covers topics of interest to lawyers handling civil appellate matters in Texas courts. The podcast demystifies appellate law and pulls back the curtain on the Texas appellate system through conversations with judges, court staff, and top trial and appellate practitioners. Listeners discover best practices and tips for successfully presenting their cases, managing their dockets, and promoting efficiency through legal technology.

Texas Appellate Law Podcast Todd Smith & Jody Sanders

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The Texas Appellate Law Podcast covers topics of interest to lawyers handling civil appellate matters in Texas courts. The podcast demystifies appellate law and pulls back the curtain on the Texas appellate system through conversations with judges, court staff, and top trial and appellate practitioners. Listeners discover best practices and tips for successfully presenting their cases, managing their dockets, and promoting efficiency through legal technology.

    Prelude to the 87th Texas Legislature | Jerry Bullard

    Prelude to the 87th Texas Legislature | Jerry Bullard

    Every other year, the Texas Legislature meets to take on the State’s challenges. Few people follow that process more closely that Jerry Bullard of Adams, Lynch, and Loftin. Jerry’s years of experience and newsletter keep legal practitioners throughout the state on top of bills and laws that affect the way they practice. In his spare time, Jerry also chairs the State Bar Appellate Section. This week, he talks to Todd Smith and Jody Sanders about bills and potential legislative issues affecting legal practice and gives insight on what we might see this session.

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    • 47 min
    Deconstructing a Virtual Jury Trial | Judge Roy Ferguson

    Deconstructing a Virtual Jury Trial | Judge Roy Ferguson

    While some counties have many district courts, some district courts have many counties. Few judges have a larger territory to cover than Judge Roy Ferguson of the 394th District Court. Given the size of his district, with few local attorneys, Judge Ferguson served as one of the early adopters of remote proceedings when COVID-19 hit. In this conversation with hosts Todd Smith and Jody Sanders, he shares how the adoption of virtual technology improved access to justice in his district and benefitted citizens, parties to litigation, and their counsel. Judge Ferguson also conducted one of Texas’s first virtual civil jury trials and deconstructs his experience for the benefit of our listeners.

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    From the Texas Supreme Court to the Fifth Circuit | Judge Don Willett

    From the Texas Supreme Court to the Fifth Circuit | Judge Don Willett

    Growing up in meager circumstances, Judge Don Willett never imagined he would serve as the Tweeter Laureate of Texas or, more notably, as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court and now on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Willett credits his rise to the work ethic and sacrifices of his mother—a widow who worked long hours as a waitress to support him. Judge Willett applied that work ethic in both legal and policy jobs that put him on the path to the bench. In this week's episode, Judge Willett talks with Todd Smith and Jody Sanders about his career path, his judicial approach, and even font choices. He also shares some of the most memorable experiences he has had in his varied and fruitful career.

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    Appellate Practice Perspectives: Private Civil Firms | Reagan Simpson

    Appellate Practice Perspectives: Private Civil Firms | Reagan Simpson

    Although private civil appellate practice can be its own niche, there are many ways to do it—solo or in a boutique, mid-sized firm, or large firm. While the basics remain the same, the individual experience may vary greatly depending on the practice setting. Todd Smith and Jody Sanders sit down with Reagan Simpson of Yetter Coleman LLP to compare and contrast each of their experiences in various practice settings. Both Todd and Reagan started at large firms, with Reagan transitioning through various settings into a boutique practice, while Todd found his way to solo practice. Jody has spent his career working at a mid-size firm. They also talk about the various types of experiences appellate practice can bring, while Reagan discusses his career working as both a trial and appellate attorney.

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    • 49 min
    Effective Storytelling in Appellate Briefs | Jason Steed

    Effective Storytelling in Appellate Briefs | Jason Steed

    Legal writing and literary writing share a common goal—telling stories in a way that engages the reader. But too often, legal briefs get bogged down in detail and technical language. This causes the brief to lose both the story and the reader. In this episode, Todd Smith and Jody Sanders talk with appellate attorney Jason Steed about how his experiences in creative writing and as an English professor help him prepare legal briefs that combine story with clear, concise legal writing. Jason also discusses ways to use tone and varying degrees of formality to keep the writing readable.

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    • 46 min
    Appellate Blogging and Solo Practice | Howard Bashman

    Appellate Blogging and Solo Practice | Howard Bashman

    For years, appellate attorneys and judges have stayed on top of the latest appellate news with the How Appealing blog. Howard Bashman, the attorney behind the blog, joins Todd Smith and Jody Sanders to share his journey into appellate law and starting his blog. Howard’s career has seen the full spectrum, starting as a clerk for Judge William Hutchinson of the Third Circuit, working at various sized firms, and finally settling into solo practice. Howard shares stories about maintaining a successful solo practice, building client relationships, and some of his more memorable cases.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

JBBurs ,

Great resource

This is a great resource for all. The guests are always entertaining and the hosts do a great job of covering a variety of current and practical topics.

Jordan Redmon ,

Excellent Intro to Appellate Practice in Texas & Beyond

I’m a judicial clerk with no experience in Texas appellate practice. Yet I listen to this podcast weekly. The guests are extraordinary, and the value of their insight extends well beyond the Lone Star State.

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Love this podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast. Not only have I learned so much, time passes so quickly while I'm listening. The hosts and guests are amazing and I really can't wait to hear what comes next. I've always been highly interested in the law and this fuels my desire for knowledge even more. Would def recommend!

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