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Appeals Court Nerds Gather Online At #appellatetwitter

Group of people gathering around a glowing hashtag symbol

January 11, 2017

In June, Wright & Close LLP lawyer Raffi Melkonian was jealous that a “bunch of appellate guys” were getting together in Washington, D.C. without him, so he tweeted about it using the hashtag #appellatetwitter. The hashtag then grew in popularity, and now serves as a kind of online forum for about 400 to 500 lawyers, law professors, law students, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and even some legal reporters to discuss issues related to appellate law. Discussions include tips for brief writing, law firm life, and pet peeves in appellate practice. “For me, it’s a great place to gain mentors and get advice from more experienced attorneys,” Kristen Vander-Plas, a Supreme Court of Texas clerk, told Bloomberg BNA. It serves as “a great community where you can unwind and not feel alone in your nerdiness.” The hashtag water-cooler grew so popular, it was even featured on a mug designed and distributed by Jason P. Steed, an early contributor and attorney with Bell Nunnally in Dallas.

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