Categories: Criminal Law

Instructor(s) Scheiber Jurss, Hannah

This is a clinical offering of the Frank J. Remington Center. Students
in the project work under clinical faculty supervision on cases
appointed by the State Public Defender providing representation to
criminal defendants on direct appeal of their convictions and
sentences. Along with work on actual cases, the project includes a
classroom component in which students study the appeals process,
client-centered representation, and persuasive advocacy. Students must
commit to continue in the Spring for 3 credits.

Learning Objectives - This is a class about the Wisconsin criminal appeals process. It is a two semester course. At the end of the first semester, you will know a great deal about the issue-spotting and post-conviction litigation. At the end of the spring semester, you will know a great deal about appellate brief-writing and litigation before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

At the end of the academic-year term, you each should understand:
1. How the criminal appeals process is initiated, and the steps that must be taken to identify issues, develop and litigate post-conviction claims, and write appellate briefs.
2. How to conduct an initial in-person interview with real clients.
3. How to digest the court record, trial attorney file, courts record and transcripts into a comprehensive chronological document.
4. How to identify possible issues for appeal.
5. How to solicit ideas from your client regarding the appeal.
6. How to communicate with your client about the issues that have merit, and the issues that do not have merit and other client questions.
7. How to communicate with the trial attorney, including soliciting ideas for appeal, and raising possible claims of ineffective assistance of counsel.
8. How to draft a post-conviction motion and appellate brief.

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