A student can take this specialty only for 2 semesters (4 credits each semester for a total of 8 credits). Evening Division students have a preference. Students must be able to commit to be available during the day of their appellate argument. The focus of this clinical specialty will be appellate advocacy.
Case Work: Professor Brian Saccenti and his students will represent convicted defendants on appeal in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Each student will handle at least one appeal per semester.
Writing the Brief: The student will first read the transcript and attempt to spot potential appellate issues. After an initial consultation with the supervising attorney, the student will conduct research to refine and limit the number of potential issues. Thereafter, the student will prepare several drafts of the brief and, in concert with the supervising attorney, will put it into final form for the Court.
Arguing the Case: The first semester case will end in a graded moot court. In the second semester, the student will conduct the argument in the Court of Special Appeals. Preparation for oral argument will consist of discussions with the supervising attorney, moot courts conducted by fellow students, and a final moot court conducted by attorneys from the Office of the Public Defender. The supervising attorney will co-counsel the case with the student and be prepared, if necessary, to join in the argument.
Class Work: The class work will focus on the case experiences, but, in addition, it will involve a more comprehensive examination of appellate practice. Thus, in addition to criminal appeals in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the students will consider civil appeals in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and civil and criminal appeals in the Maryland Court of Appeals, as well as in the Supreme Court and federal courts.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.
Current & Previous Instructors:
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Spring, 2015 (Evening).