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Spring 2023

5397 Appellate Civil Rights Clinic - SIEGEL- 23865

Professor(s): Martin Siegel (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

Course Outline: Students in the Appellate Civil Rights Clinic will represent clients and amici in appeals of civil rights claims in federal and state courts. Our appeals will include § 1983 cases arising from law enforcement misconduct and unconstitutional prison conditions; cases alleging discrimination in employment and public accommodations; First Amendment speech and religion clause cases; and others. We will not take criminal appeals or post-conviction petitions. Students will assume responsibility for all aspects of appellate representation, albeit with close faculty supervision. Tasks will include reviewing the trial court record, “big picture” strategizing about appellate themes, conducting legal research, drafting main and reply briefs, editing classmates’ briefs, and presenting oral argument where appropriate. Classroom instruction will teach the essentials of appellate advocacy: using the lower court record, thorough but well-tailored legal research, persuasive writing, close editing, and effective oral argument.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota=3

Students must apply to the Clinic by submitting the online application at

Students should not attempt to enroll themselves in this course. If you are accepted, the Clinic Program Manager will enroll you via the Office of Student Services. For fullest consideration, please apply before course registration opens. To learn more about Martin Siegel’s appellate practice and background, visit

Prerequisites: Yes  Good academic standing.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Plus other readings

ISBN: 978-1601567246

Winning on Appeal...

3rd ed, 2017

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