Professor Randolph Jonakait
Provides an intensive experience in analyzing an appellate record, researching, writing, editing, and trial and appellate advocacy, all in the context of brief writing for a real appeal. Students help represent a person convicted of a crime, appealing his conviction. Students read the trial transcript and other papers making up the record on appeal, discuss the strategies of the trial attorneys, list possible issues for appeal and write legal memos about those issues, and then write sections of the brief. The writings are edited by the professor and other students. By the end of the term, each student will have written and rewritten a complete brief in the pending case. The professor then writes a brief which each student will edit. Students may be interviewed or asked to write a statement of interest before being admitted into the clinic. One credit does not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may count toward the J.D. Enrollment limited.
Prerequisites or corequisites: Evidence (REQ650), Criminal Procedure: Investigation (CRI100), Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (CRI110).