Maine Appellate Practice (4th Edition)

Hon. Donald G. Alexander, Associate Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court     Published July 2013

 

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Book: perfect bound paperback

Copyright: 2013

ISBN-13: 9780989215954

Number of pages: 432

Published: June 2013

 

 

 

 

   
Book Description:  

    Maine Appellate Practice – 4th Edition was written to provide relatively contem­porary guidance in implementing the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure and addressing other issues that may arise in the course of appellate practice before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The first edition was published in January 2003.

Changes for this edition:

  * Updated to reflect new court opinions, rules changes, advisory notes, and other developments in the

    law through early June 2013.

  * A completely new Chapter 4A on State and Local Administrative Law that provides guidance for

    taking and defending administrative appeals from State and municipal administrative agencies to

    the trial courts and from the trial courts to the Law Court.

  * Revisions of discussions of ethical issues on appeal to include references to the Maine Rules of

     Professional Conduct that were adopted after the third edition was published.

  * Significant new or enhanced discussions of appellate review issues in many areas including

     sentence appeals, personal and long arm jurisdiction, shareholder derivative actions, domestic

     relations cases, competence of parties and witnesses, and reexamination of consent decrees.

      Maine Appellate Practice is divided into three sections. The first section is a User’s Guide to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure and Maine Appellate Practice.

      The second section includes: (i) the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure, (ii) advisory notes published with the original rules and with amendments to those rules, and   (iii)  commentary   addressing    issues

which may arise in application of each individual rule.

      The third section includes seven chapters addressing general legal and practice issues which arise in the course of appeals, often outside the context of any particular rule.

      This compilation of rules and commentaries include an encompassing index.

      Professor Nancy A. Wanderer of the University of Maine School of Law contributed as the author of Chapter 5 regarding brief writing, drawing upon her broad appellate experience as an educator and appellate advocate.

     
   
About the author: Donald G. Alexander, Associate Justice, Maine Supreme Court  

Donald G. Alexander was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1998. He previously served on the Maine Superior Court and the Maine District Court and as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Maine. He served in Washington, D.C. as an assistant to Maine Senator Edmund S. Muskie and as Legislative Counsel for the National League of Cities. Justice Alexander is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of The Maine Jury Instruction Manual (2013 ed.); and Maine Appellate Practice (4th. ed. 2013), a contributing editor to Uniform Maine Citations (2012 ed.), and principal editor of the Maine State Bar Association publication Maine Rules of Civil Procedure with Advisory Committee Notes and Practice Commentary (2008). He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine School of Law and was on the faculty of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop from 1980 through 2009. He is the Court’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on the Maine Rules of Evidence, the Maine State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the Cleaves Law Library.

   
 
  Reviews and endorsements:

 

 
 

“Justice Alexander's Maine Appellate Practice is an important tool for anyone appearing before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court—whether for the first time or the hundredth.  As a major force behind the drafting of the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure, Justice Alexander's explanation of their content and the practice under them is unique and invaluable.  His text is clear, concise and focused.  All Maine litigators should have this volume on their shelves.”

~ Catherine R Connors, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP

“Any attorney or party appealing to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court should read first Justice Alexander's book, Maine Appellate Practice.  The book has information, suggestions and insights that cannot be found in the Court's procedural rules or its decisions—from such important details as where to sit in court, how and when to use graphic displays, and how to structure oral argument and reserve “question-exempt” and rebuttal time—to core matters such as how to write and speak so as to best persuade the Court.  Justice Alexander's detailed advice on how to write appellate briefs should be required reading for law students, attorneys and pro se litigants.”

~ Peggy L. McGehee, Esq., Perkins Thompson, P.A.

“Maine Appellate Practice is like a How-To Manual for handling appeals to Maine’s Law Court. Written in an easy-to-read style by Justice Donald Alexander, this book offers helpful insight into the Court’s decision-making process; answers frequently asked questions about the appeal process and the Rules of Appellate Procedure. It contains expert advice on the preparation of effective written and oral presentations. Every lawyer appearing before Maine’s highest court should read this book.”

~ Edmond J. Bearor, Esq., Rudman & Winchel


   
 

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