John Wester Discusses Return to In-Person Appellate Arguments



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July 29, 2021

Robinson Bradshaw litigator John R. Wester spoke with North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about the state court system’s return to holding appellate arguments in person instead of virtually. Wester reflected on his experience arguing virtually before the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2020, noting that many things felt familiar, including the amount of preparation and level of professionalism. However, he is looking forward to walking back into the courthouse.

“A lot of us have severely missed going into the courts … I have missed seeing the outstanding administrative staffs … I really value those relationships,” Wester said. “I miss the look and feel of the furniture, the portraits on the walls, and the overall ambience.”

Wester also noted that a benefit of in-person arguments is the ability to respond to body language and facial expressions.

“Sometimes you can get a clue [of what best to do next],” he said.

The NC Lawyers Weekly article, “In-Person Appellate Arguments Continue Move Back to Normal,” is available here.

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