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May 15, 2009

Chief Justice Kelly on appellate specialists

The appellate bar has experienced significant development in the last 10 years, with most large law firms now boasting an appellate practice.' The question still arises whether appellate specialists actually perform better in the appellate courts than the attorneys who handled a matter at trial.' Chief Justice Kelly's opinion:

I think that there's always been a cadre of lawyers who' are the specialists, so to speak, that we see' frequently.' I suspect that I see more today than, well, 20 years ago when I was on the Court of Appeals, who are not specialists.' And as far as their competency, their' ability, the quality of their performance, generally the ones who are specialists tend to do better, although' certainly I've seen many who only occasionally appear in appellate courts and do an excellent job.

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