Federal Appeals Project

Second- and third-year law students have the opportunity to participate in the Frank J. Remington Center's Federal Appeals Project (FAP), an expansion of the Oxford Federal Project. The Federal Appeals Project combines class work on federal appellate procedure, client-centered representation, issue spotting, and persuasive writing, with work on an actual criminal appeal assigned by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Students in FAP will work in pairs on a criminal appeal under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor Adam Stevenson. Appeals will be timed so that the transcripts begin arriving in the fall. Assuming that a case has merit, briefing in the Seventh Circuit will take place during the late fall and spring semesters. Please note that each student must make a 2-semester commitment, to ensure that he or she can take a case from start to finish.

In the fall, students will take a 2-credit class entitled "Special Problems in Criminal Justice Administration: Federal Criminal Appeals," along with additional credits of clinical work. This class qualifies for the 60-credit rule. The class features weekly large group and small group discussion sections. In large group sessions, students will learn about federal appellate procedure, the ethics of appellate representation, issue spotting, and persuasion. At the same time, in the small groups and clinical components, students will be communicating with their appeal clients, reading transcripts, and researching and investigating their client’s cases.

During spring semester, students again take the seminar components, along with a clinical course for 1-3 credits. Credits are variable depending on how much work each student's appeal requires. There may be large group sessions during the spring, but most of the work will be on the appellate cases.

The Federal Appeals Project uses a competitive application process.  To apply, please see the attached information form.  FAP typically starts accepting applications in April of the year before the clinic begins, with applications due in early April to allow time for enrollment and scheduling.

If you are interested in the Federal Appeals Project opportunities in the Oxford Federal Project, please contact Clinical Associate Professor Adam Stevenson in Room 4315E. You can reach Professor Stevenson by phone at 262-9233; or email at adam.stevenson@wisc.edu.

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