Work of Appellate Clinic Students Pays Off for Clients
March 9, 2012
Two law students enrolled in the Appellate Clinic recently won reversals for their clients. Emily Shrock (3L) represented a thirteen-year-old girl found delinquent for burglary, theft, and carrying a handgun without a license after her parent's home was burglarized. She argued the case before a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals in December. In a published opinion, the Court found insufficient evidence to support the handgun offense and found the trial court erred in admitting hearsay evidence. Jarryd Anglin (3L) represented a man who was convicted of possession of marijuana. The Court of Appeals reversed his conviction, also in a published opinion, concluding "the evidence shows only that Yanez was at a flea market and was talking loudly to his female companion," which was an insufficient basis for an investigatory stop.
Since its founding in 2008, the Appellate Clinic has enabled twenty students to work on more than twenty cases. Professor Joel Schumm, 98 who founded the clinic says, We have obtained relief for clients in well over half the cases, which is a testament to the enormous commitment of time and creative energy students bring to each case. The clinic provides second and third-year students the opportunity to represent indigent defendants on appeal through the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Each student is assigned their own case while collaborating as a class and with appellate lawyers in the community in various stages of the brief-writing and oral argument process.