The William & Mary Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic (Appellate Clinic) focuses on First Amendment (free speech and religion) and Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) cases in various federal courts of appeals. The Appellate Clinic is led by Dwayne Sam, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, who uses his extensive appellate experience as a means to provide students with high-quality, practical knowledge for appellate practice in the federal Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. The Appellate Clinic creates a unique and highly practical legal experience for William & Mary students. The clinic continuously seeks out cases, prepares briefs, and engages in oral argument.
In the News
Spring 2019 - Recently, the Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic submitted a brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of Christopher Cantu, the personal representative of Robert Lawrence, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Dothan, Alabama. Learn more.
July 26, 2018 - The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a published opinion in Ross v. City of Jackson, Missouri, in favor of Appellant James Ross, a client of the clinic. The opinion was a unanimous decision, authored by Judge Jane Kelly and joined by Judges James B. Loken and Raymond W. Gruender. Read the news story. The opinion can be read here.
January 12, 2018 - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a published opinion in Peña v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas, in favor of Appellant Maria Peña, a client of the clinic. The opinion was a unanimous decision, authored by Judge Jerry E. Smith and joined by Judges Priscilla R. Owen and Stephen A. Higginson. Read the news story. The opinion can be read here.
April 21, 2017 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided United States v. Soza in favor of Appellant Bradley Soza, a client of the clinic. Read the news story. The opinion can be read here.
January 6, 2017 - The clinic argued the case McLin v. Ard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The clinic represents Plaintiff-Appellant Royce McLin. Read the news story. The oral argument can be heard here (.mp3 file).
September 29, 2016 - Clinic Seeks Supreme Court Certification in Civil Case Involving Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Client. Read the news story. Go to the petition (Sai v. Transportation Safety Administration, 16-287).
April 12, 2016| Sixth Circuit Issues Opinion in Crawford v. Geiger
April 19, 2016| Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic Argues in U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
March 7, 2016| Clinic Files Cert Petition in U.S. Supreme Court in Fourth Amendment Case
December 15, 2015| Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in U.S. v. Williams in Favor of Appellant, Represented by the Appellate Clinic
October 22, 2015| Appellate Clinic Victory in Crazy Ely v. City of Las Vegas
March 13, 2014 | U.S. citizens score legal victories after ICE detention
February 6, 2014 | W&M Appellate Clinic Wins Fourth Circuit Case