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Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic

The Kline School of Law Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, directed by Professor Katelyn Hufe, offers students the unique opportunity to represent clients and practice law before federal courts and agencies. As with our other clinics, students in this clinic provide valuable legal services to needy individuals who otherwise would not be able obtain legal representation. Clinic students have represented people in a wide variety of subject-matters, including immigration and asylum, constitutional rights, criminal law, disability rights and prisoner mistreatment.

Students take on substantial responsibilities in their work, which includes conducting live hearings, arguing cases to courts of appeal, conducting direct testimony and cross examination, negotiating settlements, counseling clients, communicating with opposing counsel and other tasks that may arise. Students receive guidance and direction from Professor Hufe while still playing the lead role in their cases.

Representative clinic cases include:

  • Winning asylum in Immigration Court for a Guinean woman who had been subjected to female genital mutilation. Read more here.
  • Convincing a three-judge federal court of appeals, that a person was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison because the trial court violated his constitutional rights. Read more here.
  • Obtaining asylum for a refugee from Central America who was fleeing extreme violence and death threats from her former partner. Read more here.
  • Securing the release from detention of a woman who had been separated from her young children for nearly two years. Read more here.
  • Persuading a federal judge that a man who had been deported to Mexico was a actually 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.
  • Persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to reinstate the employment discrimination lawsuit of a woman who was fired from her job based on her appearance. Read more here.
  • Successfully arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that citizens may sue a waste disposal company for polluting air and water in their community. Read more here.

Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic Sharepoint Site (login required - clinic faculty and students only)

Katelyn Hufe

Katelyn Hufe

Katelyn Hufe is a managing partner at Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C., in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on immigration law. As director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, she supervises students handling an array of appeals on behalf of indigent and other needy individuals in federal and state courts, in accordance with local student practice rules.



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