Appellate Section

Upcoming Events

Navigating Civil Posttrial Motions and the Path to Appeal in State Court

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA calendar for more upcoming ACBA events. To view past programming on demand, please visit

About the Appellate Section

The ACBA’s Appellate Section focuses on appellate practice and procedure in the state and federal courts. Sections members are trial and appellate litigators who share an interest in appellate law. We welcome all litigators—not just those who are exclusively appellate practitioners—to join us.

Our aim is to help trial lawyers effectively litigate their cases to maximize their chances of success on appeal and avoid common mistakes that can doom an appeal. We also provide MCLE programming on such topics as how to successfully navigate the appellate process; the difference between appeals and writs; key appellate decisions that trial lawyers should know about; when and how to retain appellate counsel; and views from the bench shared by appellate judges and justices.

If you have an interest in appellate law—even if you’ve never litigated an appeal—please consider joining us as a member. 

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or

Executive Committee Meetings

The Executive Committee is responsible for planning the section’s MCLEs and other networking events throughout the year. If you would like to receive minutes, agendas, or if you would like to attend an Executive Committee meeting, please contact Hadassah Hayashi at or (510) 302-2200.

Section Listserv

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Executive Committee
Allison Ehlert

Allison Ehlert


Oakland City Attorney’s Office

Jocelyn Sperling

Jocelyn Sperling

Vice Chair

Complex Appellate Litigation Group

Jennifer Teaford

Jennifer Teaford


Hanni Fakhoury

Hanni Fakhoury


Moeel Lah Fakhoury LLP
(510) 500-9994

Rebecca Peterson-Fisher

Rebecca Peterson-Fisher


The Liu Law Firm, P.C.
2831 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609


Hadassah Hayashi

Staff Liaison

Deputy Director
(510) 302-2200