Professor Shoebotham graduated with honors from Houston University School of Law,... more
Professor Shoebotham graduated with honors from Houston University School of Law, where she served as Research Editor on the Houston Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Professor Shoebotham graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and practiced as a critical care nurse. Her law practic... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.