Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee

MANDATE: To promote and encourage the teaching of trial and appellate advocacy and the participation of the College and its Fellows in the teaching process. 

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Latest Documents

On Friday, June 23, 2017 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, the Utah Supreme Court case State v. Long was the basis for a program called "May It Please the Court: Effective Oral Appellate Advocacy." It was presented to public interest lawyers by Fellows of the College and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. It was the first time these two organizations have collaborated.
Click the links below to read the written briefs that were the subject of the May It Please The Court mock arguments.

Clopten Opening Brief

Clopten Response Brief
Clopten Reply Brief
Click the link below to read the opinion in the actual appeal.

Supreme Court of of Utah Opinion - State of Utah v. Deon L. Clopten 

Committee Members

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Joseph C. Crawford


Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Philadelphia, PA

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Thomas J. Heiden

Vice Chair

Latham & Watkins LLP

Chicago, IL

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David F. Abernethy


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Philadelphia, PA

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John C. Barron


Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Toledo, OH

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Richard C. Burch


Mudd, Harrison & Burch, L.L.P.

Towson, MD

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Caroline Goldner Cinquanto


The Law Firm of Caroline Goldner Cinquanto

Philadelphia, PA

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Barry Coburn


Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC

Washington, DC

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Harriet E. Cooperman


Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Baltimore, MD

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David D. Ernst


Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP

Omaha, NE

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W. James Foland


Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford P.C.

Kansas City, MO

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John P. Gilligan


Ice Miller LLP

Columbus, OH

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Peter Griffin


Lenczner Slaght LLP

Toronto, ON

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James R. Hubbard


Law Offices of James R. Hubbard, PLLC

Chapel Hill, NC

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Gerald F. Ivey


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.

Washington, DC

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Phillip T. Jackson


Roberts & Stevens, P.A.

Asheville, NC

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Jessica Kimmel


Superior Court of Justice, Ontario

Toronto, ON

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Robert J. Livermore


U.S. Attorney's Office

Philadelphia, PA

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Diane MacArthur


U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern Dist. of Illinois

Chicago, IL

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Alan Mark


Goodmans LLP

Toronto, ON

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Lorna S. McClusky


Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs

Memphis, TN

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Kevin L. Ross


Lerners LLP

London, ON

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Susan K. Sapp


Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P.

Lincoln, NE

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Dennis R. Suplee


Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Philadelphia, PA

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John L. Tate


Stites & Harbison PLLC

Louisville, KY

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Michael E. Upchurch


Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker, LLC

Mobile, AL

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Sylvia H. Walbolt


Carlton Fields, P.A.

Tampa, FL

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Shea Sisk Wellford


Martin, Tate, Morrow, & Marston, P.C.

Memphis, TN

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Lonnie J. Williams, Jr.


Stinson LLP

Phoenix, AZ

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Michael G. Yoder


O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Newport Beach, CA

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Charles J. Zauzig III


Nichols Zauzig

Woodbridge, VA

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Joe R. Caldwell, Jr.


Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC