Essentials of Appellate Practice (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149.00 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 08/31/21


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the August 2018 live webcast, Essentials of Appellate Practice.

Topics Covered

Succeeding on appeal requires special knowledge and skills—get them here!

  • Learn the rules and procedures for the various appellate courts
  • Understand how to best present the appeal in writing and orally before the court
  • Gain invaluable tips on success from the experts: retired Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser and premier appellate advocate Monica Monday

Featuring former Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser and Monica Monday.

This course will explain the jurisdictions of the various appellate courts in Virginia, the Rules of Court that apply in each of them, and the most common problems and solutions encountered on appeal. It’s for Virginia lawyers who haven’t done an appeal yet, or those who haven’t done an appeal recently.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Planning Your Appeal
    • When do I start?
    • Which appellate court is the correct one?
    • Using time and money wisely
  • Preserving Trial Court Error in the Record
    • What is trial court error?
    • What is preservation?
    • What does the record consist of?
  • Interlocutory Appeals and Appealing Injunctions
  • The Court of Appeals of Virginia
    • Appeals of right
    • Discretionary appeals
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia
    • Appeals of right
    • Discretionary appeals
    • Appeals from the Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • Court Support Staff
    • The role of the Circuit Court Clerk
    • The role of the Appellate Court Clerk
    • The role of the Chief Staff Attorney
  • Writing: The Petition, Briefs, and Motions
  • Speaking: Before the Writ Panel and Full Court
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
    • Electronic filing
    • Transcripts
    • Interlocutory appeals and appealing injunctions
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Hon. Cynthia D. Kinser, Kinser Law PLC / Pennington Gap

Cynthia Kinser was the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Her seventeen years of distinguished service to the Court ended with her retirement in 2014. She joined the Kinser Law PLC firm in 2018.  In 2015, she joined Gentry Locke as Senior Counsel, where she focused on appeals, criminal matters, and government investigations. Before serving on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Justice Kinser served as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. She later was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for that court and served in that capacity for seven years. Prior to her tenure on the federal district court, she enjoyed being a solo practitioner in Pennington Gap, Virginia. Justice Kinser also served for four years as the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Lee County, where she lives and maintains a cattle farm to this day.

Monica T. Monday, Gentry Locke / Roanoke

Monica T. Monday is the managing partner of Gentry Locke, where she heads the firm’s appellate practice group.  Prior to joining Gentry Locke, she clerked for the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr., who was then Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and is now a Senior Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Ms. Monday has handled over one hundred appeals, and frequently lectures and writes on appellate issues.  She currently chairs the Appellate Practice Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section, and serves on the Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee and the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Council. Ms. Monday is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Virginia Law Foundation, the Roanoke Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Judicial Council of Virginia, the Boyd-Graves Conference, the Virginia Model Jury Instruction Committee, and the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course faculty. She is a former board member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Virginia Law Foundation.  She is a member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court and is a Master of the Bench and former secretary in the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. Ms. Monday is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.  In the 1991 National Moot Court Competition, her law school moot court team took first place and won the best brief award, and she won the individual award for best appellate advocate.

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