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Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic

The School of Law Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, taught by Professor Richard Frankel, offers students the unique opportunity to practice law before appellate courts. Similar to our other clinics, students in this clinic provide valuable legal services to needy individuals who otherwise would not be able obtain legal representation. Clinic cases cover a wide variety of subject-matters, including constitutional law, criminal law, immigration law, and the rights of the indigent and the incarcerated.

Some of the cases include:

  • Persuading a federal judge in Texas that a man who had been deported to Mexico was a U.S. citizen who should be allowed to live in the U.S. Read more here.
  • Arguing successfully before New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division judges that state officials had violated an inmate's due process rights. Read more here.
  • Helping a foreign-born man avoid deportation by arguing persuasively before the federal Board of Immigration Appeals. Read more here.
  • Persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to allow a woman fired from her job to proceed with an employment discrimination lawsuit. Read more here.
  • Successfully arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that citizens may sue a recycling company for polluting air and water in their community, even though the state has also taken the company to court. Read more here.
  • Persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to reinstate a malpractice lawsuit filed by a pro se plaintiff. Read more here.
  • Representing a former employee who alleges that she was fired from her job for discriminatory reasons, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia.

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Professor Richard H. Frankel

Richard H. Frankel

Director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic

Professor Frankel has extensive experience both as an appellate advocate and as a clinical teacher. He served as a teaching fellow and supervising attorney for the Georgetown University Law Center's Appellate Litigation Program. Previously, he was the Goldberg-Deitzler Fellow for Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Washington, D.C.


Phone: 215.571.4807

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