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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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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Lorna S. McClusky

Vice Chair

Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs

Memphis, TN

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David F. Abernethy


Philadelphia, PA

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John C. Barron


Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Toledo, OH

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Pamela A. Bresnahan


Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Washington, DC

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Richard C. Burch


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

Towson, MD

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Thomas P. Burke II


Udall Law Firm LLP

Phoenix, AZ

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Barry Coburn


Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC

Washington, DC

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Jan Conlin


Ciresi Conlin LLP

Minneapolis, MN

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Harriet E. Cooperman


Saul Ewing LLP

Baltimore, MD

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David D. Ernst


Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP

Omaha, NE

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Henry D. Fellows, Jr.


Fellows LaBriola LLP

Atlanta, GA

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Richard H. Friedman


Friedman Rubin

Bremerton, WA

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John P. Gilligan


Ice Miller LLP

Columbus, OH

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Peter Griffin


Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Toronto, ON

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Thomas J. Heiden


Latham & Watkins LLP

Chicago, IL

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Nan M. Horvat


Polk County Attorney's Office

Des Moines, IA

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James R. Hubbard


Law Offices of James R. Hubbard, PLLC

Chapel Hill, NC

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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


Philadelphia, PA

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Sophie Melchers


Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Montreal, QC

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Dawn M. Parsons


Shaffer Lombardo Shurin, P.C.

Kansas City, MO

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William N. Poorten III


Tucson, AZ

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Mary Lee Ratzel


Ratzel, Pytlik & Pezze, LLC

Brookfield, WI

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Kenneth W. Ravenell


Ravenell Law

Baltimore, MD

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Laura M. Roan


Des Moines, IA

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Regina M. Rodriguez


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Denver, CO

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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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Michael E. Upchurch


Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker, LLC

Mobile, AL

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Steven W. Usdin


Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.

New Orleans, LA

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Sylvia H. Walbolt


Carlton Fields, P.A.

Tampa, FL

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William P. Wallace, Jr.


Johnson, Ayers & Matthews, P.L.C.

Roanoke, VA

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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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Charles J. Zauzig III


Nichols Zauzig

Woodbridge, VA

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Joe R. Caldwell, Jr.


Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC