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Charles William Michaels

Charles William Michaels

C. William Michaels, Esq.
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Maryland
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C. William Michaels is an appellate lawyer. He has concentrated his practice on appellate matters for the last 25 years. He is available to draft briefs for other attorneys --in either Federal or State appellate courts--or to represent clients in either Maryland or Federal appellate courts (Fourth Circuit and DC Circuit). He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1978 and from Brandeis University (magna cum laude) in 1975. While at law school he was Associate Editor for the Maryland Law Forum and one of the Assistant Editors of the Maryland Law Review.

Practice Area
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
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    Initial consultation whether by phone or in person is free.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
C. William Michaels, Esq.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
J.D. (1978)
Activities: Associate Editor, The Maryland Law Forum Assistant Editor, The Maryland Law Review
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Brandeis University
B.A. (1975)
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Associate Editor, student newspaper The Justice
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Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar Association
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Baltimore County Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
No Greater Threat: America After September 11 and the Rise of a National Security State
Algora Publishing 2002
Websites & Blogs
C. William Michael, Esq. Website
C. William Michael's Website Background
Legal Answers
131 Questions Answered
Q. In dispossessory proceedings the statute provides that an appeal shall be filed within 7 days of the date such judgment
A: Usually, any time less than 5 days, you count calendar days. So with 7 days to take any action, it's 7 calendar days. So yes, you should count actual days.
Q. "Brief to Appellate Court shall be securely bound along left margin". What is the standard way of doing it for judges?
A: The brief should be "spiral bound" along the left margin. Staples are not accepted. Any quality copy center or brief printer should be able to help you. And if you are the appellant--the brief cover must be yellow, as well as the record extract. The brief should be printed on ONLY one side, while the record extract can be printed on two sides. The record extract should have a table of contents. The record extract contains those documents pertinent to the case on your appeal issues--it does not have to contain the entire record. But the record extract must contain the docket entries and any transcripts. See Rule 8-501 and Rule 8-502 and 8-503. If you are pro se, you can file the brief and record extract manually. BUT eight paper copies must be delivered to the court--perhaps this requirement can be waived in your circumstance. Check with the Clerk's office about that. However, two paper copies of the brief and record extract must be sent by standard mail to the other side, and that should be in your "certificate of service"--at the end of your brief.
Q. If I think the jury was prejudice in a civil trial, can I appeal it?
A: First, I am not a North Carolina lawyer. But if you think the civil jury was prejudiced, you possibly could appeal that ONLY IF you or your trial counsel made an objection to the makeup or composition of the jury AND the trial judge overruled that objection. The appeal process is usually focused on what the trial judge did or did not do, not whether a party feels the jury trial was unfair. You need more than that.
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1579 Dellsway Road
Baltimore, MD 21286
Telephone: (443) 846-5207
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