10th Circuit explains how not to handle an appeal

Yesterday the Tenth Circuit issued a non-precedential order, written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, dismissing the appeal in Alejandre-Gallegos v. Holder, an immigration case.

The order describes the remarkable conduct of appellant’s counsel, who apparently did not cite the record or any legal authority to support his client’s claims, and committed other sundry errors.

Concerned about this performance, the Tenth Circuit looked at other appeals the lawyer had handled, and discovered a pattern of similar conduct. The Court then ordered the clerk’s office to open a disciplinary proceeding against the lawyer.

David Lat discusses the case in more detail at Above the Law.


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One Response to 10th Circuit explains how not to handle an appeal

  1. Great post about the recent opinion. Incredible to see the errors noted by the court. Happy to see you posted about the case!

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