• 10.04.22

    Scare(y) Decisis: Reversing Rights and Wrongs

    In his latest column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz explored the current state of stare decisis, its vertical and horizontal “flavors,” and the principle’s role in how and when courts decide to overrule precedent. Shatz explained that the policy of ...

  • 09.06.22

    Dicta ain’t necessarily so

    In their latest column for the Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz and Associate Benjamin Strauss examined the Ninth Circuit’s four-year debate on what constitutes a holding and the resulting shift from the narrow “necessity model” to the broad ...

  • 08.02.22

    What’s the Deal?

    In his latest column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz discussed a long-running family law divorce case in which the court dismissed the appeal of a vexatious litigant, acting in propria persona, on the grounds that the trial court order was not appealable. In the ...

  • 07.05.22

    Wonder Twin Powers, Activate! Form of Citation!

    In his latest “Exceptionally Appealing” column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz explored key areas of potential improvement to the Yellowbook, California’s major legal style guide, and how these revisions could incorporate elements from the Bluebook. ...

  • 06.07.22

    Supraman’s Kryptonite

    In his latest column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz discussed the histories of and relationship between the Bluebook and the Yellowbook, two major legal style guides, and how California litigators should decide which to use in court. “Using Bluebook style in state ...

  • 05.03.22

    Happy 50th Anniversary, CAAL

    For the 50th anniversary of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL), Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz discussed the reasons for the Academy’s creation and the context of its genesis in his latest “Exceptionally Appealing” column for Daily Journal.  In ...

  • 04.05.22

    Bear With Us

    Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz discussed the history and significance of the California State flag in his latest “Exceptionally Appealing” column for Daily Journal. He explained the origins of its design and its evolution from the historic “Todd Flag” to the modern ...

  • 03.01.22

    Sci-Fi Lit(igation)

    In his latest "Exceptionally Appealing" column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz analogized the work of appellate litigators to science fiction's many subgenres, including parallel universes, time travel and space operas.Commenting on how litigators can ...

  • 01.04.22

    The 2021 Appellate Year in Review

    In his latest "Exceptionally Appealing" column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz reflected on 2021, commenting on notable developments in the appellate world from the state to the federal level.Shatz reviewed significant proceedings and appointments in the Supreme ...

  • 12.07.21

    Appellate Horrorscope

    In his latest "Exceptionally Appealing" column for Daily Journal, Manatt Appellate Partner Benjamin Shatz gazed into the legal crystal ball to give an "appellate horrorscope" for readers' amusement as the year comes to a conclusion.With an appellate twist, Shatz offered his ...

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