今天是国家英雄日本月早些时候,我有机会陪公司的合作伙伴之一宾夕法尼亚州高等法院。作为一个年轻的律师尚未有机会在高等法院认为,this was an exciting day for me and I wasn't sure what to expect.  Attorney Holly Filius' argument of an appeal of a custody order in front of a panel of three Superior Court Judges was professional but fairly uneventful.  However,as we were leaving we happened upon a group of individuals dressed as superheroes on the Capitol steps.  So what do you do when you run into superheroes after a Superior Court argument?有你的照片,当然!!

根据韦伯斯特超级英雄的定义:

一个虚构的英雄拥有非凡或超人的力量,另外:异常熟练的或成功的人

高等法院的超级英雄

基于这个定义,many of you often function as superheroes in some capacity in your life.  You also probably know,live or work with someone who behaves each and every day as a superhero.  Although she did not have a cape,面具或色彩鲜艳的服装,冬青的熟练的在高等法院那天她对客户机的超级英雄。

在一个典型的上诉到高等法院,一名律师,最多a period of fifteen minutes to argue their case in front of the panel of three judges.  In actuality,the majority of the argument is completed prior to arriving at the courthouse.  Weeks prior to the oral argument,每一方必须提交报告概述了他们的位置,including supporting cases and rules of law.  Prior to the day of oral argument,法官阅读数百页的文件,including each party's briefs and the record of the prior cases at the Court of Common Pleas level.  And each day of oral arguments,该小组听到20到30以上的上诉。

走进法庭那天早上,我不得不承认,my expectations were low with regards to the amount of knowledge the judges would have on each case.  How much detail can you really fit into a fifteen-minute argument?令我惊奇的是,the judges all inquired as to very specific aspects of each and every case.  They were fully aware of all of the facts,每一方的上诉理由,and what they needed to know more fully in order to make an informed decision.  It truly was amazing to witness.顺便说一下,如果你有兴趣观察高等法院,参数对公众开放,在匹兹堡举行,费城和哈里斯堡。这是上级法院的日历.

所以,开心超人天所有的技术和成功的人努力帮助和保护其他人,冬青和所有的律师在我的公司致力于倡导他们的客户每一天。

凯瑟琳·约翰·米勒在拉塞尔是个律师,金宝搏网站约翰•格鲁伯,LLP在兰开斯特,宾夕法尼亚州。She received her law degree from Widener University and regularly advises  individuals on legal matters related to family law and domestic relations issues.  Her favorite fictional superhero is She-Ra.