Appellate Advocacy Training

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. Questions about eligibility should be directed to the Office of the Appellate Defender at 919.354.7210 or

The deadline to register is October 11th.  

For information about other indigent defense education courses, visit our Indigent Defense Education site.

Click HERE for the course agenda.

Click HERE for the Guide for Participants

Additional information

A block of rooms has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a special rate of $80. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To book a room online please click the link Basic Appellate Advocacy Training. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel @ 919.489.7555 and provide the name 'Basic Appellate Advocacy Training". To receive the special rate reservations must be made no later than October 7, 2017.





General18.25 hrs
Total18.25 hrs
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Toogie Hampton

Program Manager
Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government