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UNC School of Government

Appellate Advocacy Training

Oct 30—Nov 1, 2019
3 days
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
USD 465
USD 155 per day

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Using their own cases, participants will learn to develop a cohesive theory of defense on appeal and use that theory in writing a persuasive statement of facts and legal argument. Sessions include "Analyzing and Brainstorming the Facts," "Developing a Theory of Defense and Supporting Themes," and "Writing a Persuasive Brief." This program combines large group instruction with small group workshops in which participants will work on their own cases. This year’s program focuses on criminal cases.

This program is open to assistant appellate defenders and attorneys on the appellate appointment list maintained by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Appeals
  • Indigent Defense

Who should attend

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Indigent Defense


John Rubin joined the School of Government in 1991. He previously practiced law for nine years in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. At the School, he specializes in criminal law and indigent defense education. He has written several articles and books on criminal law; teaches and consults with judg...

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