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Appellate Practice


      Kelly B. Becker, Co-Chair                Martin A. Stern, Co-Chair

Upcoming Events:

Roundtable Discussion with Law Clerks from the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeal: 

Do’s and Don’ts, Practical Insights and More

{1 hour CLE}

NOBA’s Appellate Practice Committee seeks to provide practical CLE programs for both seasoned appellate practitioners and those attorneys who only occasionally practice in the appellate courts.  This CLE will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage in a round-table discussion with several current law clerks for judges of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.  The discussion will include appellate procedural issues, some of which may be unique to federal court, as well as practical tips from a law clerk’s perspective for any attorney who is handling an appeal in the United States Fifth Circuit.


Jason Siu (Judge Davis)

Marianna Mao (Judge Higginson)

Matthew Drecun (Judge Higginson)

Suzanne Graffeo (Judge Davis)

Ace Factor (Judge Wiener)

Laura Gravener (Judge Englehardt)

Zack Jarrett (Judge Clement)

Friday, February 1, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

New Orleans Bar Association
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit 

*Approved for Appellate Practice Specialization Credit*

NOBA member discount: $35 (includes lunch)
Non-member price: $55 (includes lunch)
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Briana Nelms
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here
    *We take everything but American Express. All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee. 

Please note our updated cancellation policy:
Payment is expected before the start of programs in order to attend. Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund. No shows are not eligible for refunds and will be charged for the program, plus an administrative billing fee.

Blog Posts:

March 2018Recent Fifth Circuit Interpretations of the Class Action Fairness Act
April 2016"Don't Be So Emotional"

Recent Events:

On Wednesday, May 2nd, the committee held the CLE "Lunch and Learn Discussion with Justin Woods."

On September 20, 2017, Kelly Becker & Katie Roth presented Louisiana Supreme Court: Civil Writ Trends in the 2016-2017 Term CLE.

On April 20, 2017, The Hon. James L. Dennis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit presented "Behind the Scenes: a U.S. Fifth Circuit Appeal CLE."

On October 25, Jeff Richardson presented "Exploiting Technology on Appeal" CLE.

On March 13, 2014, the Committee held a meeting with speaker Danielle Schott, Clerk of Court, Louisiana court of Appeal - Fourth Circuit.