Appellate Advocacy Training

This course is sponsored by Co-Sponsored by Office of Indigent Defense Services.

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 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


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


This course is no longer accepting applications.  The deadline to apply for this course was Wednesday, October 16th.


Additional information

2019 Appellate Advocacy Training Agenda

2019 Guide for Participants

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a special rate of $80 plus tax per night. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To book a room online please click this link and select the dates you will need. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919.489.7555 and provide the name "Basic Appellate Advocacy Training". To receive the special rate reservations must be made no later than October 14, 2019. 


CLE Pending Approval

General18.00 hrs
Total18.00 hrs
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

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

Michael Spinosi

Program Manager, Courts Group
Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government