Oral argument on April 7th: come see me crash and burn?

Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Miscellaneous, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

I’ve been handling appeals since I graduated law school, including drafting two appeal briefs in 1991 before being sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania bar, and successfully briefing and arguing the appeal in Landry v. Hilton Head Plantation Prop. Owner’s Ass’n, 317 S.C. 200, 452 S.E.2d 619 (Ct.App.1994) within two years of being licensed in South Carolina.

I have argued appeals for trials other attorneys handled.  I have argued appeals for personal injury trials I handled.  I have argued appeals for family court motions I handled.  I have successfully appealed from family court trials I have handled in which there was no oral argument.

Yet, in nineteen-plus years of practice, I have never gotten to argue an appeal from a family court trial in which I made the record.  This will change on April 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. when I argue the appeal of Dulaney v. Dulaney before the South Carolina Court of Appeals at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street.  This oral argument is being presented on behalf of the Charleston School of Law as a learning experience for part of the law school’s Professionalism Series.  Briefs from this appeal can be located here.

Because I was the trial attorney for this appeal, I have been able to raise and preserve a number of novel legal issues.  Oral argument is, for me, the most exciting experience in the practice of law.  I am quite thrilled to be arguing this appeal where my family and colleagues can observe and in which local law students, most of whom have never seen oral argument, will be attending.  This doesn’t mean I won’t go down in flames.

Readers of this blog are welcome to attend and (quietly) cheer me on or boo me as their feelings about me dictate.

7 thoughts on Oral argument on April 7th: come see me crash and burn?

  1. Rob Papa says:

    Well Greg, I’ve always heard about spontaneous human combustion and if I’m free, I would certainly like to be witness to such a phenomenon. This comment does not bear upon your legal prowess or the issues, just the opportunity to be a live witness to such an event. Sort of like being there when Mt. St. Helen decided to blow its top.

  2. Lee Forman says:

    You may go down in flames but knowing you it will be flames of glory.

  3. Natalie Bluestein says:

    In my one and only ever (hopefully) foray to the Court of Appeals, you were a more than worthy adversary. Good luck!

  4. Walter Kaufmann says:

    I’m simply grateful it’s not me on behalf of the other Dulaney– I know you’ll do a great job!

  5. Kristin K. Millonzi says:

    You can thank me for the referral! All because I pulled one of your deftly written articles off the web. I’ll be there to cheer you on.

  6. MJ Goodwin says:

    I have to cover DSS here all day that day. Wish I could come! I sincerely doubt that you will go down in flames, but if you do, it will be spectacular! And legen-(wait for it)-DARY!

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