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Appellate Law Section

Our mission is to provide quality, advanced continuing legal education for appellate specialists and to encourage collegiality and communication among members of the appellate bench and bar.

Meeting Schedule:

Our section usually meets at noon on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Belo Mansion, except we do not have meetings in July and August. Our December meeting in 2018 will be on December 6.

Next meeting:  

Our next meeting will be on June 13, 2019. This month, David Coale of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, will present "Business Cases in 2019 from the Dallas Court of Appeals."  This presentation has been approved for one hour of CLE.

Section News:

If you have event announcements or other information to share with Section members, contact Chris Kratovil at to include your announcement in the monthly Section electronic newsletter.


Section Officers:

Hilaree Casada
Fifth District Court of Appeals
600 Commerce Street, Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75202

Kirsten Castañeda
Vice Chair
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP
4925 Greenville Ave., Suite 510
Dallas, TX 75206

Katherine Elrich
Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC
1700 Pacific Ave Ste 3100
Dallas, TX 75201

Chris Kratovil
Dykema Cox Smith
1717 Main St. Ste 4200
Dallas, TX 75201

Hon. Erin Nowell
Board Advisor
Fifth District Court of Appeals
600 Commerce St. Ste 200
Dallas, TX 75202

Section Council

Name: Thomas F. Allen Jr.
Firm: Jones Day
Firm Address: 2727 North Harwood Street, Suite 500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201-1515
Business Phone: 214.220.3939

Name: Brett Kutnick
Firm: Jackson Walker LLP
Firm Address: 2323 Ross Avenue, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-953-6174 

Name: Christina Nason
Firm: Burford & Ryburn
Firm Address: 500 N. Akard Street, Suite 3100
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-740-3158

Name: Stephanie Dooley Nelson
Firm: Thompson & Knight
Firm Address: One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-969-1379

Name: Ryan Paulson
Firm: Haynes Boone
Firm Address: 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-651-5714


Section Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Appellate Law section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

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