On Monday, February 10, Kevin Munn ’14 argued for the defendant in State v. Terrell Pond before an en banc panel of seven justices at the Connecticut Supreme Court. Munn appeared under the supervision of Clinical Professor Timothy Everett '84. At trial the defendant was acquitted of robbery in the second degree but convicted of conspiracy to commit second degree robbery. He appealed. In 2012, Kate MacLeman ’12 presented the defendant’s argument in the Appellate Court and won a new trial for the defendant when the Court credited a challenge to the trial court’s jury instruction on the intent element necessary to prove conspiracy. When the state appealed to the Supreme Court, Munn, Bryce Petruccelli ’13 and Everett wrote the brief on behalf of the Clinic. Students in this year’s appellate clinic, faculty and outside attorneys participated in mootings to prepare Munn for oral argument. All told, eight clinic students filed appearances and contributed to the writing of the defendant’s appellate briefs in the two courts.
The Law School’s Appellate Clinic provides students with detailed classroom study of Connecticut and federal appellate law and practice with special emphasis on the processing of criminal appeals and writs of habeas corpus, the practice and perfection of appellate research, brief writing and advocacy. Students and faculty of the Clinic represent indigent clients on direct appeal from conviction and in habeas corpus actions. Most appeals are to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, while the habeas work brings student attorneys to the United States District Court of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.