• 09.01.20

    The Need for Speed

    Manatt appellate partner Benjamin Shatz authored an article for Daily Journal about the slow pace of the civil appeals process in the California Court of Appeal from notice of appeals to decisions, and similarly for appeals in the California Supreme Court. In the article, Shatz highlighted specific ...

  • 08.04.20

    AWOL@Oral Arg.gone

    Benjamin Shatz authored an article for Daily Journal about how California and federal courts address the issue of missing appellate attorneys during oral arguments.

  • 07.07.20

    Normal is Not

    Manatt appellate partner Benjamin Shatz authored an article for Daily Journal on the unusual and unexpected complexities that occur during extraordinary cases on appeal for his monthly “Exceptionally Appealing” column. In the article, Shatz detailed the process of an ideal appeal, ...

  • 06.02.20

    Columns: A Little Help Here?

    Benjamin Shatz authored an article for Daily Journal about the Code of Civil Procedure Section 166.1.

  • 09.08.19

    Shatz Writes for Los Angeles Lawyer on LA County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial ...

    Manatt appellate partner Benjamin Shatz wrote an article for Los Angeles Lawyer on his former role as the chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee (SAJEC), which evaluates candidates submitted by the governor for possible nomination to ...

  • 09.03.19

    Columns: Isn’t That Special?

    Manatt’s Benjamin Shatz, a partner in the firm’s appellate practice, wrote for the Daily Journal on the California Board of Legal Specialization and potential upcoming changes to the board.He noted that the board recognizes 11 different legal specialty certifications, including ...

  • 08.06.19

    Columns: Stray Dancing

    “The narrowing of issues and limitation to original theories and arguments as a case ascends the appellate ladder would seem to be a bedrock principle. And yet … We wouldn’t be raising this general proposition at all unless there were exceptions.”  

  • 05.07.19

    Abbreviated Justice

    “California courts generally decide appeals with written decisions, but memorandum opinions do exist under California law. The big payoff in an appeal is the court’s opinion.”  

  • 03.06.19

    Invisible Justice

    “The ordinary appellate path is well-worn: First comes paper pushing (i.e., filing the notice of appeal, record designations, and otherwise ‘perfecting’ the appeal), followed by paper production (i.e., brief writing), then oral argument, and finally the big payoff, the written ...

  • 02.12.19

    Holy, Holey Rules!

    “The primal myth runs thusly: In the beginning, chaos blanketed the universe of California appeals. Papers were filed whenever, in whatever format, and the whims of lawyers and caprices of judges reigned. Then came the revered savior Bernie (that’s Witkin, not Sanders) to impose order ...

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