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Appellate Advocacy Clinic

The Appellate Advocacy Clinic gives students the opportunity to work in teams on appellate cases.

The Penn Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic opened its doors in the fall of 2019. Students work closely with the clinic faculty and with lawyers who volunteer on a pro bono basis from DLA Piper. They also engage with any public interest groups with whom the clinic is partnering. Students work in small teams on cases, some involving direct representation and some involving amicus briefs, in addition to attending a weekly seminar focused on appellate strategy and practice. Some of the clinic’s cases relate to criminal justice reform. The course covers all aspects of appellate cases: conducting legal research, writing briefs, communicating with clients, and preparing for oral argument. 

Clinic Faculty

Ilana Eisenstein Clinic Co-Director Ilana Eisenstein is a partner at DLA Piper and co-chair of its Appellate Advocacy Practice.  She serves as a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law.  Eisenstein previously spent three years as Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued five cases in the Supreme Court and was the lead author of dozens of briefs in the Supreme Court and in the federal courts of appeal.  Eisenstein is a former Third Circuit law clerk and a summa cum laude graduate of Penn Law.
Jean Galbraith

Clinic Co-Director Jean Galbraith is a Professor of Law at Penn Law.  She is a leading scholar of U.S. foreign relations law.  Before becoming an academic, Galbraith practiced at Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin.  She is a former law clerk for the D.C. Circuit and the Supreme Court.  Galbraith graduated from Berkeley Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review


Eleanor Barrett

Eleanor Barrett L’05 is the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at Penn Law and worked previously as the Denise A. Rotko Associate Dean for Legal Practice Skills. She has worked as a commercial litigator in private practice in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., focusing on writing trial- and appellate-level briefs. Barrett is a former Third Circuit law clerk and a summa cum laude graduate of Penn Law, where she was named Best Oralist in the Edwin R. Keedy Cup.