Nancy Winkelman, co-chair of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group and co-founder and first president of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, is the co-editor and a chapter author of the Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, published in April 2007 by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The manual also features several chapters authored by members of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group, including the Honorable Arlin M. Adams, the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, Bruce P. Merenstein, Deena Jo Schneider, Carl A. Solano, and Paul H. Titus.
The manual covers every aspect of the appellate process, and includes chapters on when an appeal should be taken, understanding the record on appeal, the complexities of motions practice, the scope and standards of review on appeal, the significance of precedent and how to identify issues, appellate brief writing, and oral argument. Its authors offer practical insight and guidance on what is often a challenging area of practice for even the most experienced attorney. Additionally, the manual features a foreword by longtime Third Circuit Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert — himself a highly-respected jurist and author on appellate advocacy — and a dedication to former Third Circuit Chief Judge Edward R. Becker written by current Third Circuit Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica. Ms. Winkelman's co-editor is James C. Martin of Reed Smith.
The members of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group serve both as appellate advocates and as appellate advisors. At the trial court level, Schnader's appellate attorneys regularly apply both analytic and advocacy skills on significant dispositive motions, in post-trial proceedings, and in advising about how best to preserve issues for appeal and to position them for optimal appellate review.