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What is it?

Appellate Happenings focuses on developments in appellate courts around the country, focusing primarily on the Supreme Court and federal circuit courts of appeal (excluding specialized courts like the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Federal Circuit).

The inaugural newsletter is a series of posts (“Last Week in Federal Appeals”) briefly summarizing major federal appellate decisions from the preceding week. It is generally released on Fridays, absent intervening circumstances. It is free to all subscribers — and the plan is to keep it that way!

Other posts are more sporadic, and may include discussions of trends in appellate decisions, state court decisions, or deep dives into certain federal decisions.

Why should I subscribe?

Though I will continue to post “Last Week” (and likely other posts) to social media, if you subscribe you won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox..

Who does it?

Appellate Happenings was started by Ben Reese, a senior associate at Flannery | Georgalis LLC in Columbus, Ohio, who focuses his practice on critical motions and appeals in both federal and state courts. Before joining the firm, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ben graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016. You can reach Ben by email at breese@flannerygeorgalis.com

In 2023, Antonia Gelorme—a law clerk in Flannery | Georgalis’s Pittsburgh office — jointed the publication as a Contributor. Antonia graduated magna cum laude from Duquesne University’s Thomas R. Cline School of Law where she served as an editor on both the Duquesne Law Review and Duquesne’s energy and environmental law journal. You can reach Antonia by email at agelorme@flannerygeorgalis.com

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Senior Associate Attorney at Flannery | Georgalis LLC