Wayne State University

Criminal Appellate Practice

In this clinical course, taught by a staff attorney in the State Appellate Defender Office, each student prepares a criminal appellate brief on behalf of a real client incarcerated in a Michigan prison who has been convicted of a felony after a jury trial.

The students review the trial transcript and exhibits, identify appealable issues, interview and counsel their clients and present mock oral arguments to a panel of experienced criminal appellate practitioners. Ultimately, the students have their briefs submitted to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The Criminal Appellate Practice course is available for three graded credits. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Interested students should contact Adjunct Professsor Gail Rodwan at (313) 256-9833, Ext. 228, or gail@sado.org.

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