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Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic
Georgetown University Law Center

600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Suite 312
Washington, DC 20001 

Phone:  (202) 661-6746
Fax:  (202) 662-9634
Email:  app.courts@georgetown.edu                                                           

Director

Professor Wolfman re-joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2016 as the Director of the new full-time, semester-long Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic. He was previously a Professor of the Practice of Law and Co-Director of Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before that, from 2009 to 2014, Professor Wolfman served as Director of the Civil Rights section of Georgetown Law's Institute for Public Representation, a student clinic that handles complex trial court and appellate litigation focused on civil rights and other public-interest litigation. While at Georgetown, he also taught the standard doctrinal course on Federal Courts and the Federal System and a course on appellate courts. Before Georgetown, he spent nearly 20 years at the national public interest law firm Public Citizen Litigation Group, serving the last five years as the Group's Director. Earlier in his career, he conducted trial and appellate litigation as a staff lawyer at a rural poverty law program in Arkansas. Professor Wolfman has handled a broad range of litigation, including cases involving health and safety regulation, class action governance, court-access issues, federal preemption, consumer law, public-benefits law, and government transparency. He has argued six cases before the Supreme Court (winning five), and he has litigated hundreds of cases before federal and state appellate and trial courts around the country. He directed Public Citizen's Supreme Court Assistance Project, which helps "underdog" public-interest clients litigate before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has testified before Congress and federal rules committees on a range of issues, and he was an Advisor to the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Since 2004, he has taught an intensive Appellate Courts Workshop during the January Term at Harvard Law School. Professor Wolfman has authored articles on a variety of subjects, often on the intersection of state tort law and federal preemption doctrine and on class actions. You can find Professor Wolman's resume here.

Graduate Fellows

Wyatt Sassman graduated from Vanderbilt University with his B.A. in 2010 and his J.D. in 2013.  While in law school, he was executive editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, served on the board of the Legal Aid Society, and helped establish the Medical Legal Partnership, which continues as a clinical program at the law school.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, Tennessee.  Before joining Georgetown, he worked as an associate attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center's office in Charleston, South Carolina, where he focused on administrative appeals, wetlands litigation, and energy policy.  While in Charleston, he taught environmental law as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law and published several articles and book chapters.  Wyatt lives in Washington DC with his wonderful wife Hannah, their adorable dog Mya, and their bossy cat Rocco.  

Amit Vora received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010. Since then, he has devoted his practice to the craft of appellate advocacy and brief writing. Before joining the clinic, Amit was a senior associate at Covington &Burling LLP, where he was a member of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group and filed numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts, including pro bono briefs supporting gun-control measures. He also developed an expertise in litigation concerning Daubert and scientific expert evidence. Before joining Covington, he was a litigation associate at Davis Polk &Wardwell LLP, where he litigated pro bono criminal appeals for the Appeals Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. He clerked for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, Amit was Executive Editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, received the Dean's Scholar Prize in Advanced Constitutional Law, and received the Best Brief Award in the First-Year Ames Moot Court Competition. He was also a research assistant for Professor Jon Hanson, which enabled him to apply his scientific background and explore the extent to which empirically-invalid assumptions about human nature animate our legal institutions and theories. Before law school, Amit was an analyst at Kobre &Kim LLP, a global litigation boutique. In 2005, he graduated from Yale College, where he majored in cognitive science. Amit is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits.

Office Manager

Niko Perazich is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Prior to Georgetown Niko worked at various DC-area law firms as a paralegal. Niko is a graduate of Middlebury College and is married with two young children.


 

 

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