December 2020 Bar Bulletin
By Catherine W. Smith
Over the summer, I had the pleasure of joining several of my appellate colleagues across the country, all Fellows of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, on a task force that drafted a set of proposed “best practices” for remote video argument. This article is devoted to some of those recommendations, slightly edited for this publication.
The opportunity to be heard is a bedrock principle of due process, and oral argument of appeals is one of the most important ways that we honor and achieve — and publicly demonstrate that we achieve — that fundamental goal. But disruption has been...