Kevin Allen | April 3, 2017
Notre Dame Law School will host the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on April 4, with three law students participating on the briefs and two participating in the oral argument.
The court – which exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and other people who are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice – will hear arguments in United States v. Edward Mitchell. The case considers issues of self-incrimination and the use of information on a smartphone during a criminal investigation.
Sean Flynn, 2L, and Alyssa Hughes, 3L, have submitted an amicus brief for the United States, which is the appellant in the case. Flynn will present an oral argument, as well. Professors Jimmy Gurulé and Marah McLeod are serving as their supervising attorneys.
Dominic Barceleau, 2L, has submitted an amicus brief and will present an oral argument for Mitchell, the appellee. Professor Stephen Smith is serving as his supervising attorney.
Notre Dame Law School has some alumni connections with the court, too.
Margaret A. Ryan, ’95 J.D., is one of the court’s five judges. Steven Begakis, ’16 J.D., is a clerk for Judge Ryan. Sean Brady, 3L, is slated to serve as a clerk for her after graduation.
Robert L. Jones, clinical professor of law and associate dean for experiential programs, said this is a special opportunity for the Law School.
“It’s extremely valuable for our students to see courts in action – especially a court as prestigious as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,” Jones said. “It’s a chance to see how judges think and how lawyers present arguments to a high-level court.”