Categories: Law Practice Skills Criminal Law Appellate Practice


Pray, John

Course Data

Room 3268
MWF 9:25am-10:20am

Pass/Fail: Yes

Course Description

Learning Objectives - This is a class about the criminal appeals process. It is a two semester course. At the end of the first semester, you will know a great deal about the beginning stages of an appeal. At the end of the term you each should understand:
1. How the criminal appeals process is initiated, and the steps that must be taken to perfect an appeal.
2. How to conduct an initial in-person interview with real clients.
3. How to digest the court record, trial attorney file, and transcripts of hearing into a comprehensive chronological document.
4. How to identify possible issues for appeal.
5. How to solicit ideas from your client regarding the appeal.
6. How to communicate with your client about the issues that have merit, and the issues that do not have merit.
7. How to communicate with the trial attorney, including soliciting ideas for appeal, and raising possible claims of ineffective assistance of counsel.
8. How to draft a postconviction motion.

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