Criminal Appeals Project wins best brief honors from state bar

The Criminal Appeals Project at UW Law School has won an Outstanding Brief competition, sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Appellate Practice Section.

John Pray, a UW Law professor and director of the Criminal Appeals Project, served as attorney of record for the winning submission. Law students Jaclyn Schwartz and John Sears collaborated with Pray on the brief as part of their clinical work. Students Steve Hughes and Adam Onkels also worked on the case. All four students have since graduated.

Pray says their brief was submitted in a case before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, State v. James Coleman, where the court awarded a new trial. Three retired judges from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals selected the brief from dozens of nominations. Briefs were evaluated on clarity of writing, depth of analysis and persuasiveness.

Pray and his students will be publicly recognized at a ceremony on Oct. 28, and their brief will be posted to the Appellate Practice Section’s website to serve as models for appellate practitioners.

Submitted by Law School News on December 5, 2016

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