Appellate Advocacy Clinic

Daniel Vandergriff argues in Fourth Circuit

Third-year law student Daniel Vandergriff argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Bostick v. Stevenson on Friday, Oct. 30.

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Pro Bono Committee celebrates National Pro Bono Week with first Clinic Hop

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Appellate Advocacy Clinic

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled in favor of George Allen Ward, an Appellate Advocacy Clinic client, in the case of Ward v. Stansberry. On July 27, the Court vacated a conviction of Mr. Ward’s and remanded his case for resentencing. Third-year students Caroline Payseur and Rich McPherson represented Mr. Ward, along with Professor John Korzen. Continue reading »

Professor John Korzen to kick off spring semester SCOTUS talks

Professor John Korzen will kick off the law school’s “SCOTUS Talks” speaker’s series for students this spring at noon on Wednesday, March 18, in Room 1312.

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Appellate Clinic student argues in Seventh Circuit

Third-year law student Brooks Hanner argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19.  His argument marked the first time a Wake Forest University law student has argued to the Seventh Circuit.

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Appellate Clinic students file brief in Seventh Circuit, argue in Fourth Circuit

Wake Forest University’s School of Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic filed a 32-page brief on Nov. 14 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in the case of United States v. Matthew Mann. 

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Law School Faculty Engage in a Whirlwind of Professional Activities During Spring and Summer

Carol Anderson has been appointed as incoming chair of the programs committee of the NC Bar Foundation’s CLE Committee. The Bar Foundation is the CLE component of the NC Bar Association and is the largest provider of continuing legal education in the state. Professor Anderson will also be teaching a three-day basic trial skills seminar for the young associates from the various offices of Womble Carlyle in mid-June and will teach the Judicial Extern Program for two sessions of summer school. She has been invited to lecture on Direct and Cross Examination at the annual Building Trial Skills: National Session sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) in Colorado.

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Appellate Clinic Lands Another Victory

On June 3, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Carol Corbett, a client of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, in the case of Corbett v. Gray.  Recent graduates Jennifer Avriett and Patricia Mongan handled the appeal, with Jennifer making the oral argument and both sharing the research and drafting responsibilities.

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Appellate Advocacy Clinic Students Make Outstanding Arguments in Area Appellate Courts

Two third-year students in the Appellate Advocacy Clinic recently argued before area appellate courts.  First, Jennifer Avriett argued to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, on March 19, in the case of Carol Corbett v. Cherry Gray.  Jennifer was the first law student ever to argue to a North Carolina state appellate court.  Jennifer represented the plaintiff-appellant, Ms. Corbett, in an automobile negligence case.  She was ably assisted by Trish Mongan, who co-wrote and researched the opening brief and reply brief and also sat at counsel table during the argument.  The issues on appeal are whether the trial judge correctly submitted the issue of the plaintiff’s contributory negligence to the jury and, if so, whether the trial judge erred in failing to submit the issue of the defendant’s last clear chance to the jury.  The appeal was heard at North Carolina Central University School of Law, in Durham, so numerous law students observed Jennifer’s argument.  Jennifer did an outstanding job making her case and fielding questions, and Trish similarly did a great job helping Jennifer prepare for the argument.

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Appellate Advocacy Clinic Lands Victory

Wake Forest law student, Meghan Poirier, spent much of her final spring semester in law school reviewing court records, writing briefs, and arguing in support of her Appellate Advocacy Clinic client, John Mooney.  Mr. Mooney had pled guilty to the charge of "being a felon in possession of a firearm" and was given a fifteen year prison sentence, the mandatory minimum under the applicable federal statute.  Mooney had filed a pro se petition for habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, contending that his lawyer provided him with ineffective assistance of counsel by advising him to plead guilty and not investigating whether there was a possible defense to the charge.  When the District Court denied his petition, he filed a notice of appeal to the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia.  It was at that point that his legal path led him to Wake Forest’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic.

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