About Justine Flaherty

Justine Flaherty is a freelance writer and editor specializing in web content since 2008. A lifelong learner, Justine is driven by her curiosity for all things containing a human element, especially education and the law.

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SCOTUS: Case Watch & Other News

Back in June of last year, appellateU News wrote about a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an antitrust suit they brought against the North Carolina Dental Board of Examiners. The underlying case involved the Dental Board’s objection to teeth whitening services provided […]

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New York State Court of Appeals Reverses Cyberbullying Decision

On Tuesday, July 1 the New York State Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in Albany district court upholding the city’s application of its newly instituted cyberbullying law in a case involving a teenage boy, and a lewd Facebook page he created involving some of his classmates. Once identified by police, the teenager was charged […]

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2 Appeals, 4 Courts in Bankruptcy /NYC Apartment Case |9th Circuit Confirmation

In New York City, there are over one million apartments that are rent regulated. In a case filed last year, one such apartment became the focus of an appeal when the renter claimed her regulated apartment was a “local public assistance benefit” exempt from her bankruptcy estate. The matter originated in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy […]

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ABA Law Firm Data Privacy Request | Judicial Nominations

On Thursday, the American Bar Association made a formal inquiry of the National Security Administration regarding the agency’s data capture and communications surveillance efforts, and how those efforts may impact attorney-client privilege. ABA President James Silkenat wrote in his letter to NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander that: “The ABA has consistently fought to preserve the […]

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4th Circuit Appeals Court: Clicking “Like” is Protected Speech

  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled on Wednesday that the simple act of clicking on a Facebook “Like” button is symbolic and expressive speech that is wholly protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. The button, which usually appears much smaller than pictured above, is part of the widely […]

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New Federal Circuit Judge & a New Rule for SDNY E-filing

Congratulations to Raymond Chen on his Senate confirmation as the Federal Circuit’s newest  judge, given Thursday, August 1st. Judge Chen began his commission August 2nd, and is currently the youngest federal appellate court judge in the nation. Judge Chen most recently held the position of deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor for […]

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Appeals Court Nominations & a Decision With Teeth

Congratulations are in order for the three nominees by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In no particular order, they are: Patricia Ann Millett – D.C. attorney with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld who has, according to Wikipedia, argued 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, more than […]

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MA High Court Counts Lawyer’s Contract Work toward Bar Admission

News From appellateU |MA Bar Admission Ruling On May 10, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded that an attorney who contracted for a law firm outside his state of bar admission could count that work toward Massachusetts’ 5 year minimum “active practice” requirement in his effort to gain admission on motion there. In Schomer v. […]

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9th Circuit’s New Appellate Mentoring Program

For attorneys who are new to appellate work, or for those attorneys new to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in general, a new program promising to foster appellate practice and procedure has been designated by the Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representatives’ Appellate Mentoring Program. Appellate Lawyer Representatives are nominated by judges and regular practitioners […]

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Federal and Appellate Judge Shortage

News From appellateU |Federal Judge Shortage Congratulations to the Honorable Patty Shwartz on her confirmation by the Senate Judicial Committee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier this year on Feb. 13th, the Senate confirmed the Honorable William Kayatta Jr. of Maine to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, followed by […]

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