Appellate Practice


               Kelly B. Becker, Chair                


Upcoming Events:

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

{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.


Current Fifth Circuit Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys


To Be Announced

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

1 hour of CLE credit, including Appellate 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 
  5. *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:

February 2019New U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Clarify the Courts' Authority to Compel Arbitration
March 2018Recent Fifth Circuit Interpretations of the Class Action Fairness Act
April 2016"Don't Be So Emotional"

Recent Events:

On April 3, 2019, Kelly Becker, Kathryn Gonski and Katie Roth presented Louisiana Supreme Court: Civil Write Trends in the 2017-2018 Term CLE.

On February 1, 2019, several law clerks (including Jason Siu, Marianna Mao, Matthew Drecun, Suzanne Graffeo, Ace Factor, Laura Gravener, and Zack Jarrett) from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal engaged in a round-table discussion on the Do's and Dont's, practical insights and more for handling an appeal in the US Fifth Circuit.

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