Learning Objectives - This is a class about the Wisconsin criminal appeals process. It is a two semester course. At the end of the first semester, you will know a great deal about the issue-spotting and post-conviction litigation. 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 identify issues, develop and litigate post-conviction claims, and write appellate briefs.
2. How to conduct an initial in-person interview with real clients.
3. How to digest the court record, trial attorney file, courts record and transcripts 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 and other client questions.
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 post-conviction motion and appellate brief.