Course Description

This course provides an overview of best practices for seeking an allowance of appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Topics include:  

  • Preserving and developing your issue
  • Procedural, formal, and substantive requirements
  • Drafting: special and important reasons
  • Answering a PAA
  • The adjudication process
  • Top 10 common mistakes

This course includes video recorded for the Washington County Bar Association's 2020 Winter Bench Bar.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Corrie Woods, Esq.

    Corrie Woods, Esq.

    Corrie is our primary litigator, and specializes in appellate advocacy and consultation for clients and attorneys throughout Pennsylvania. Corrie is also the editor and primary author of SCOPABlog, the firm’s blog dedicated to covering the docket of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Corrie is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, as well as its Appellate Practice Committee and Criminal Litigation Section, and of the Washington County Bar Association.

    Corrie became an attorney because he believes deeply in justice for all, and prides himself on bringing a level of advocacy, diligence, and skill normally associated with large law firms to every case, regardless of his fee or the subject.

    Before founding Woods Law Offices in 2018, Corrie served as a judicial staff attorney to Justice Debra Todd of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and to Justice Arthur M. Recht of the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia. Corrie has earlier experience working alongside public defenders, as well as state consumer protection and civil rights prosecutors. Corrie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as a Research Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and where he received awards for excellence in the study of Constitutional Law and Criminal Defense. Corrie also graduated summa cum laude with valedictory honors from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) in his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • PAAs Course Materials
    • Petitions for Allowance of Appeal Part One
    • Petitions for Allowance of Appeal Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)