In the Fed­er­al Appel­late Lit­i­ga­tion Clin­ic, sec­ond- and third-year law stu­dents will gain hands-on expe­ri­ence in var­i­ous stages of fed­er­al appel­late litigation.

About the Fed­er­al Appel­late Lit­i­ga­tion Clinic

Under the super­vi­sion of Pro­fes­sor Melis­sa Sali­nas, stu­dents will pre­pare and file briefs on behalf of crim­i­nal defen­dants and/​or habeas peti­tion­ers in the Unit­ed States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Each stu­dent will man­age an appeal from its incep­tion, and will gain hands-on expe­ri­ence by review­ing the dis­trict court record and iden­ti­fy­ing issues for appeal, devel­op­ing a the­o­ry of the case, research­ing sub­stan­tive law, and prepar­ing the client’s mer­its brief. 

When appro­pri­ate in view of tim­ing and sub­ject mat­ter con­sid­er­a­tions, stu­dents will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to write reply briefs and con­duct oral argu­ments in Cincin­nati before a pan­el of judges on the Sixth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals.

Week­ly class meet­ings will include case dis­cus­sions and instruc­tion on how to lit­i­gate effec­tive­ly a fed­er­al crim­i­nal appeal. Stu­dents will meet fre­quent­ly with instruc­tors who will pro­vide indi­vid­u­al­ized feed­back as stu­dents pre­pare their appel­late briefs and oral arguments. 

In addi­tion to devel­op­ing their writ­ten and oral advo­ca­cy skills, stu­dents can expect to gain an under­stand­ing of the prac­ti­cal aspects of fed­er­al appel­late lit­i­ga­tion. While the clin­ic will be rel­e­vant to all stu­dents of law, it will be par­tic­u­lar­ly valu­able to stu­dents who plan to pur­sue fed­er­al clerk­ships or who have an inter­est in crim­i­nal or appel­late litigation.