Spring 2014 Criminal Appellate Advocacy (LW 903) Description
Criminal Appellate Advocacy (LW 903 — 3 credit hours) will be offered for the spring 2014 semester. The class will meet from 10:40 a.m.-12:05 p.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 fall 2014 semester, 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 159, or contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.