Georgetown Law Appellate Litigation Clinic
600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 662-9555
Clinic Staff & Faculty:
Professor Steven H. Goldblatt, Director
B.A., Franklin & Marshall; J.D., Georgetown
Steven H. Goldblatt is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he serves as the Director of the Appellate Litigation Program and as the Faculty Director of the Supreme Court Institute. He is an active litigator before the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and the Fourth Circuits and has also argued five cases before the Supreme Court of the United States,
including four Appellate Litigation Program cases. He presently serves as the Chair of the Rules Advisory Committee of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Professor Goldblatt has been the chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee (1982-1999) and has served on other ABA special committees including a term on the Criminal Justice Standards Committee. Prior to coming to Georgetown in 1981, Professor Goldblatt was a prosecutor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he litigated before the federal and state appellate courts and supervised the Law Division of the District Attorney's Office. While a prosecutor, he litigated Pennsylvania v. Mimms and Cuyler v. Sullivan in the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Erica J. Hashimoto, Director
B.A., Harvard University; J.D., Georgetown
Erica J. Hashimoto is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where she serves as a Director of the Appellate Litigation Program. She has litigated before the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Eleventh, and Fourth Circuits. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was the Allen Post Professor of Law at the University of Georgia.While there, she started an appellate litigation clinic that accepted appointments from federal courts of appeals, and she was named a Josiah Meigs Professor, the university's highest teaching honor.
Prior to teaching at the University of Georgia, Professor Hashimoto was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for the Honorable David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Adjunct Professor Roy T. Englert, Jr.
B.A., Princeton; J.D., Harvard
Professor Englert began working with the clinic ten years ago on SEC v. Zandford, 122 S. Ct. 1899 (2002). The next year he was appointed as an adjunct professor and consults with clinic students on cases, participating in seminar instruction, and providing career counseling. He is the founding partner of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP. Professor Englert was formerly a partner at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, D.C., an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice, and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He was also a Court Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Throughout his career, Professor Englert's principal focus has been appellate litigation and antitrust law. His appellate experience includes arguing 12 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, winning 10, losing 1, and achieving a split decision in 1. He has also briefed many other Supreme Court cases, and briefed and argued many cases in other state and federal appellate courts. His appellate cases have spanned virtually all fields of law, including antitrust, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, federal jurisdiction, administrative law, RICO, and punitive damages. Professor Englert's antitrust experience includes representing clients at trial and on appeal, negotiating with federal antitrust agencies, and providing antitrust counseling. He has also worked on competition issues in large railroad mergers before the Surface Transportation Board and its predecessor. His professional affiliations include membership in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, the Supreme Court Historical Society, the Outside Advisory Board of the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute, and the Constitutional & Administrative Law Advisory Committee of the National Chamber Litigation Center.
Anticompetitive Mergers: Prevention and Cure (co-author), in Antitrust and Regulation (F. Fisher ed. 1985); So Many Cases, So Little Time (co-author), in Legal Times of Washington, July 23, 1990 (annual Supreme Court Review), at S23; International Commerce Issues, in Financial Times Business Law Brief, July 1992, at 16; Punitive Damages to Be Reviewed (co-author), in Financial Times Business Law Brief, February 1993, at 13; Antitrust: A Change in Direction, in Legal Times of Washington, July 26, 1993 (annual Supreme Court Review), at S40; How to Write a Good Appellate Brief (co-author), in Litigation, Winter 1994, at 6; No Right to Vacate Judgments in Settled Cases - Says U.S. Supreme Court, in Civil Litigation Report, Jan. 15, 1995, at 5; A Favorable Term (co-author), in National Law Journal, August 6, 2001 (annual Supreme Court review), at C8; Some Important Wins (co-author), in National Law Journal, August 5, 2002 (annual Supreme Court review), at C5.
Shon R. Hopwood
Second Year Fellow
Shon Hopwood received a J.D. as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law. He served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Shon's unusual legal journey began prior to him attending law school and included the U.S. Supreme Court granting two petitions for certiorari he prepared. His articles have been published in the Atlantic.com, Seattle Times, and Huffington Post; and he provided written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of federal sentencing reform. Shon's legal scholarship has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, and Washington Law Reviews, as well as the Georgetown Law Journal's Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.
Amit R. Vora
First Year Fellow
Amit Vora received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010. Since graduation, 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 across the country, including pro bono briefs supporting gun-control measures. He also developed an expertise in litigation concerning Daubert and scientific expert evidence. He was previously 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, and 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, he was an analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, a litigation boutique. In 2005, he received his B.A. cum laude from Yale College, where he majored in cognitive science with distinction.
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, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits.
As the office manager for the Appellate Litigation Program, Daurie Simmons handles the day-to-day administrative functions of the Clinic office. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Daurie worked as a free-lance paralegal and worked for a sole practitioner. Previously, she had worked for a number of law firms in DC as well as in private industry.
A certified paralegal who completed Georgetown's Legal Assistant Program, Daurie also has a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown concentrating in religious studies.