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243 sec. 003 - Appellate Advocacy (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Scotia J. Hicks  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 17, 2020
To November 24, 2020

Course Start: August 17, 2020
Course End: November 24, 2020
Class Number: 32638

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

Appellate Advocacy is designed to further develop the skills learned in Written and Oral Advocacy - writing and presenting oral argument. The aim of Appellate Advocacy is to provide students an experience closely comparable to appellate practice. Students will write a full brief from a shortened record of a case pending in the California Supreme Court or United States Supreme Court. Students will also prepare, practice and deliver a full oral argument. Students will receive advice and guidance from the instructor and from Practitioner-Advisors who are among the best appellate practitioners in the Bay Area.

The course is graded, with the brief counting as 75% of the grade and oral argument as 25% of the grade. The grade awarded will also reflect the quality and timeliness of interim assignments.

Because this class requires efforts on the part of so many parties - including Practitioner-Advisors, judges, and opposing counsel - no student will be permitted to drop the class, without an extraordinary reason, after the first week of instruction.

Appellate Advocacy will NOT be offered in the Spring Semester.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

Scotia Hicks is a partner at the law firm of Ehlert Hicks LLP, where she specializes in appeals and critical motions. Prior to that, she practiced as a litigation attorney with Winston & Strawn LLP for 11 years, where her primary areas of focus were complex commercial litigation and white collar investigations, and she was a member of the Appellate and Critical Motions group. Ms. Hicks has represented clients before state and federal courts of appeal, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Hicks received a B.A., with high honors, in Psychology and East Asian Languages (Japanese) in 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a M.A. in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Psychology in 2004 from the University of Arizona, where her primary area of research was Criminal Profiling. Ms. Hicks is a 2007 graduate of Berkeley Law, where she was a Notes & Comments Editor for the California Law Review, and a member of the Asian American Law Journal. Scotia was also the Appellate Advocacy Director for the Moot Court Board (now BOA), a national finalist on the National Moot Court Competition team, and a semi-finalist and Best Brief award winner in the McBaine Moot Court Competition.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

This course is only open to JD students who have completed JD LRW or equivalent.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class fulfills Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement for all students in the course. All students must write 30 pages and complete a draft.

Units from this class may count toward the J.D. Experiential Requirement but the class may only satisfy one academic requirement, not both.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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