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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Thomas J. Heiden


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Jan Conlin

Vice Chair

Ciresi Conlin LLP

Minneapolis, MN

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Anita M. Alvarez


Maryville Academy

Des Plaines, IL

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David L. Ayers


Watkins & Eager PLLC

Jackson, MS

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John C. Barron


Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Toledo, OH

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Julianne P. Blanch


Parsons Behle & Latimer

Salt Lake City, UT

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Caroline Goldner Cinquanto


The Law Firm of Caroline Goldner Cinquanto

Bensalem, PA

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Anna Green Cross


The Cross Firm, LLC

Decatur, GA

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Gray T. Culbreath


Gallivan White & Boyd, PA

Columbia, SC

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David D. Ernst


Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP

Omaha, NE

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Candace J. Fabri


Cook County Juvenile Court

Chicago, IL

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W. James Foland


Watters Wolf Bub Hansmann

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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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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Maurice G. Jenkins


Jackson Lewis P.C.

Southfield, MI

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Jessica Kimmel


Superior Court of Justice, Ontario

Toronto, ON

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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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Maria C. McCarthy


McCarthy & Valentini LLC

Oak Brook, IL

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Kathryn N. Nester


Nester Lewis PLLC

Salt Lake City, UT

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Clarence L. Pozza, Jr.



Detroit, MI

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James W. Quinn


JW Quinn ADR

New York, NY

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Joseph Serino, Jr.


Latham & Watkins LLP

New York, NY

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George T. Shipley


Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP

Houston, TX

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Brian D. Sieve


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicago, IL

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Junior Sirivar


McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Toronto, ON

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John L. Tate


Stites & Harbison PLLC

Louisville, KY

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Edward J. Walters, Jr.


Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC

Baton Rouge, LA

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Lonnie J. Williams, Jr.


Stinson LLP

Phoenix, AZ

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Douglas R. Young


Farella Braun + Martel LLP

San Francisco, CA

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Joseph C. Crawford

Immediate Past Chair

Crawford Advocacy

Berwyn, PA

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Gregory K. Wells


Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP

Rockville, MD