Beth Brooks Scherer is a Board Certified Appellate Practice Specialist with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in Raleigh. She is the current chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s Appellate Practice Specialization Committee and prior chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.  She blogs frequently on issues of appellate practice and procedure for the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog,, a convenient source of news, information, tips, and resources for practicing law in North Carolina’s State and Federal Appellate Courts.