20 July 2009

Goodbye, Uncle Walter

Back from Planet California. Opposing counsel in that appeal I was out there to help handle (I did the prep work; my colleague actually argued) blew it. There's an old aphorism that one cannot win an appeal at oral argument, but one can lose it. Although the court's remarks prior to beginning the argument indicated that we had won on the briefs, opposing counsel did not help her client, and her inaccurate "correction" to the judge's question about the record probably did lose the matter if we hadn't already won by then.

And that's the way it is, Monday, 20 July 2009. RIP Uncle Walter.