Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the Minnesota Supreme Court’s next chief justice, naming Eric J. Magnuson of Briggs and Morgan, P.A., formerly of Rider Bennett, LLP.  Read full story.

Eric is co-author, along with David Herr, of Appellate Rules Annotated, 2007 ed. (Vol. 3, Minnesota Practice Series), a co-editor and chapter author for the fourth edition of Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, and co-editor of Matthew Bender’s The Art of Advocacy: Appeals. He also co-authored CM/ECF On Appeal– The Eighth Circuit Affirms (Oct., 2007).

Eric is recognized nationally as an advocate for technology in the field of appellate advocacy. He’s given many technology presentations, including “Making the Law of E-Discovery – Seeking Appellate Review of Non-Appealable Discovery,” Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar (June 2007); “Technology and Appeals,” DRI Annual Meeting (October 2006); “Technology Tools and Resources for Appellate Advocates,” 16th Annual Trial Practice Seminar, North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (May 2006); “Technology and Appeals,” Appellate Practice Institute, Minnesota CLE and 8th Circuit Bar Association (May 2005); “Electronic Advocacy,” American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Spring Meeting (April 2005); and Technology Tools and Resources for Appellate Advocates (2006).

Eric also presented my firm’s digital brief technology at the The Fifth Circuit Summit: Exploring Technology to Serve the Appeals Process (September 25, 2006).

Hopefully, with Eric at the helm, and Bob Hanson’s continuing leadership, technology in appellate practice, including e-filing and digital briefs, will be ushered in.