Fall 2013 Criminal Appellate Advocacy (LW 903) Description

Criminal Appellate Advocacy (LW 903 — 3 credit hours) will be offered for the fall 2013 semester. The class will meet from 9:05-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Randall Hodgkinson, currently working in a cooperative agreement between Washburn University School of Law and the Kansas Appellate Defender Office (the appellate public defender office for Kansas), will teach the course. Each student will work, under the supervision of Professor Hodgkinson, on two actual felony criminal appeals assigned to the Kansas Appellate Defender Office. There is a lecture component to this class, although the bulk of the time will be spent by the students going through the records on appeal and preparing his or her clients' briefs that will, under faculty supervision, be filed in the Kansas Court of Appeals.

If a student is admitted to practice under the student intern rule (Rule 719), he or she can also sign the briefs. Rule 719 admission is not a prerequisite. Because this course deals with real clients and real cases, it is very deadline intensive.

In the past students have worked on various types of cases: drugs, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, forgery, and robbery — basically most types of felony cases that are assigned to the Appellate Defender Office. And in the past year, students have won several cases, obtaining relief for their clients ranging from reduced sentences to new trials to outright reversal of convictions.

This class is very appropriate for persons who are interested in criminal law (either prosecution or defense) and/or litigation and advocacy in general (trial or appellate). This class does satisfy the upper level writing requirement.

Enrollment in the class is limited to 5 students and is by instructor consent. Enrolled students must have successfully completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility before taking this class (it can suffice if you are taking these courses in the spring or summer 2013 semesters, but otherwise, these prerequisites are firm).

For more information about the Criminal Appellate Advocacy course feel free to visit Professor Hodgkinson in his office, Room 164, or contact him via e-mail at randall.hodgkinson@washburn.edu.

Applications to enroll in Criminal Appellate Advocacy are accepted through 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Download and complete the application form (27 KB Word file). E-mail it to Professor Hodgkinson (randall.hodgkinson [at] washburn.edu) or print it and leave it in his faculty mailbox in Room 203. Students accepted for the class will be notified shortly after March 28.